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Issue 49.0: Victories Nationwide, Guns, Middle Class Taxes
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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.

As Barack Obama said last night“this is what happens when the people vote."

1. Anti-Trump backlash fuels a Democratic sweep in Virginia and elections across the country

What’s happening: (Washington Post)
“Tuesday was the best day for Democrats politically since Barack Obama won reelection in 2012 … Voters came out in droves. They braved the rain and the cold to send a message to President Trump. The results across the country represent nothing less than a stinging repudiation of Trump on the first anniversary of his election.” It’s been a long, exhausting year for so many, so maybe the best thing we can do is spend a minute reflecting on the gains made last night, sharing the news with those in our lives, and thanking those responsible. 

A look at some of the news:

  • Democrat Ralph Northam beat Ed Gillespie in race for Virginia governor by 9 points
  • In an upset, Democrats won at least 15 seats in Virginia’s House of Delegates: “One became Virginia’s first openly transgender person to win elective office, unseating an opponent of LGBT rights. Another became the first open lesbian elected to the House of Delegates, another the first Asian American woman and two, both from diverse Prince William County, are set to be the first Latinas to the General Assembly.”
  • Democrats took control of the Washington State Senate
  • Maine expanded Medicaid via ballot initiative
  • Democrat Phil Murphy won the New Jersey governorship by 13 points
  • Democrats picked up three seats in Georgia 
  • Democrat Vi Lyles won to become Charlotte’s first African American female mayor
  • Manchester elected a Democratic mayor for the first time in 14 years
  • The Republican incumbent mayor of St. Petersburg unexpectedly lost
  • …and the list goes on!

What you can do:
✓ Send a personal ‘thank you’ to any person or organization you saw make a difference in last night’s races.
Even better, I’d suggest doing a quick donation tour — even if it’s $1, $2, $5 each — to those orgs which have proven so effective. 

Here’s my (very incomplete) list of links to donation pages where you can start:

✓ Push the advantage by signing up to volunteer for Doug Jones to represent Alabama in the U.S. Senate. His opponent, Roy Moore, is unfit to serve. Election is December 12. (Click to tweet)

2. 26 Killed in Church Attack in Texas’ Deadliest Mass Shooting

What’s happening: (Bloomberg)
“A man dressed in black tactical-style gear and armed with an assault rifle opened fire inside a church in a small South Texas community on Sunday, killing 26 people and wounding about 20 others in what the governor called the deadliest mass shooting in the state’s history. The dead ranged in age from 5 to 72 years old.” From a different Bloomberg story: “A Senate Republican chairman scheduled a rare gun-control hearing next week after a GOP leader from Texas said he’s willing to work with Democrats to close gaps in national background checks for firearm purchasers … Flake and Senator Martin Heinrich said Tuesday they’ll introduce a bill requiring the military to report people convicted of domestic violence in criminal or military court to the National Instant Criminal Background Check System.”

What you can do: 
Call your Senators to support expanded background checks using this 5calls.org script. (Click to tweet)

Read and share “How to Reduce Shootings” (Click to tweet)

✓ Call on your reps to ban the sale and manufacture of bump stocks. 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 ask [REPRESENTATIVE X] to support the recently-introduced bipartisan legislation that bans the sale and manufacture of bump stocks. Inaction after what happened in Las Vegas should not be an option. Does [REP X] plan on supporting these efforts?”

3. Republican Plan Would Raise Taxes on Millions

What’s happening: (New York Times)
“Nearly half of all middle-class families would pay more in taxes in 2026 than they would under current rules if the proposed House tax bill became law, and about one-third would pay more in 2018, according to a New York Times analysis, a striking finding for a bill promoted as a middle-class tax cut. President Trump and congressional Republicans have pitched the plan unveiled last week as a tax cut for most Americans. But millions of middle-class families — particularly those with children — would see an immediate tax increase, averaging about $2,000. Among the hardest-hit under the plan would be some of the most vulnerable taxpayers: those with huge out-of-pocket medical expenses. By 2026, 45 percent of middle-class families would pay more than what they would under the existing tax system.”

What you can do: 
✓ Participate in Indivisible’s #TrumpTaxScam Action Week. 

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)

4. Mueller Has Enough Evidence to Bring Charges in Flynn Investigation

What’s happening: (NBC)
“Federal investigators have gathered enough evidence to bring charges in their investigation of President Donald Trump’s former national security adviser and his son as part of the probe into Russia’s intervention in the 2016 election, according to multiple sources familiar with the investigation. Michael T. Flynn, who was fired after just 24 days on the job, was one of the first Trump associates to come under scrutiny in the federal probe now led by Special Counsel Robert Mueller into possible collusion between Moscow and the Trump campaign.”

What you can do: 
Call to mandate the disclosure of political ad information.

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

5. ACA sign-ups spike at open enrollment’s start

What’s happening: (Washington Post)
“The number of consumers signing up for plans under the Affordable Care Act has surged during the first few days of open enrollment compared with past years, according to federal and state officials. More than 200,000 Americans chose a plan on Nov. 1, the day open enrollment began, according to one Trump administration official. That’s more than double the number of consumers who signed up on the first day of enrollment last year. More than 1 million people visited HeathCare.gov, the official federal website, the official said, amounting to roughly a 33 percent increase in traffic compared with 2016.”

What you can do: 
Spread the word about open enrollment using these GetAmericaCovered.org organizing tools. Join a street team to help get the word out. 

Click to share this tweet: “Need affordable health coverage? You can enroll through December 15. Search for plans — > healthcare.gov”

Some additional reading:

  • Carter Page’s testimony is filled with bombshells — and supports key portions of the Steele dossier (Business Insider)
  • Offshore cash helped fund Steve Bannon’s attacks on Hillary Clinton (Guardian)
  • Syria signs Paris Agreement — leaving US only country in the world to refuse climate change deal (Independent)
  • The Case Of Wilbur Ross’ Phantom $2 Billion (Forbes)
  • Tee times, smoothie diets, and fat paychecks: A look inside post-Trump life (POLITICO)
  • Bar Association dubs fourth Trump judicial nominee unqualified (The Hill)
  • US regulators demand CNN sale to approve AT&T-Time Warner deal (FT)
  • Suburbs Rebel Against Trump, Threatening Republicans in Congress (New York Times)

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Big wins. You deserve them.

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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