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Issue 50.0: Tax Plan Passes House, Moore, Talley
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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.

Yesterday marked exactly one year since the first edition of re:act. Thank you to everyone who has read, worked, and inspired this effort. It’s been an honor to fight alongside you and so many effective organizations. 

So much of the work to date has been focused on stopping bad things from happening, but the elections in Virginia and elsewhere reminded us that we’re ultimately after something greater: to inspire lasting change at all levels of government. It’ll take a lot of work to get there, but there’s a blueprint now. I’ll try and keep my small end of the bargain for as long as it takes.

1. House passes GOP tax bill, upping pressure on struggling Senate effort

What’s happening: (Washington Post)
“The House passed its version of the Republican tax overhaul Thursday, notching a key win for President Trump and House Speaker Paul D. Ryan (R-Wis.). But obstacles remain in the Senate, which is refining its own version of the legislation amid objections from key GOP senators. The bill passed with 227 votes in favor and 205 against. 13 Republicans voted against the bill. No Democrats voted for it … Both the House and Senate bills deliver the majority of the cuts to businesses and wealthy Americans, but there are significant differences between the bills that will have to be resolved.”

What you can do:
✓ Call your Senators, who are next to act.
Find their information on ContactingCongress.org. Here are some good scripts:

Make a donation to the #NotOnePenny Fund today. SwingLeft has set up this fund to split between the eventual Democratic challengers to any Swing District Republican who voted for a tax cut for the ultra-wealthy.

Find your local Indivisible group and block off November 27 as the National Day of Action against this tax plan.

✓ Read and share stories about the plan.

2. Roy Moore Is Accused of Sexual Misconduct by a Fifth Woman

What’s happening: (New York Times)
“An Alabama woman accused Roy S. Moore on Monday of sexually assaulting her when she was 16, the fifth and most brutal charge leveled against the Republican Senate candidate. Senate Republicans are now openly discussing not seating him or expelling him if he wins the Dec. 12 special election. The new accuser, Beverly Young Nelson, told a packed news conference in New York that Mr. Moore attacked her when she was a teenager … By Monday night, an article in The New Yorker asserted that Mr. Moore had been barred from the mall in his hometown, Gadsden, for bothering young women, a memory that many in the town said they shared, though no one has found direct evidence.”

What you can do:
Contribute to Doug Jones for U.S. Senate.

Sign up to volunteer with Doug Jones for U.S. Senate.

Watch and share “Common Ground,” Doug Jones’ new ad featuring Republican voters supporting his campaign.

Note: as I was sending this, Leeann Tweeden wrote that “Al Franken kissed and groped me without my consent.” This is serious, and progressives shouldn’t treat this any differently than if Franken were a member of another party. More to come. 

3. Trump Judicial Pick Did Not Disclose He Is Married to a White House Lawyer

What’s happening: (New York Times)
“One of President Trump’s most controversial judicial nominees did not disclose on publicly available congressional documents that he is married to a senior lawyer in the White House Counsel’s Office. The nominee, Brett J. Talley, is awaiting a Senate confirmation vote that could come as early as Monday to become a federal district judge in Alabama. He is married to Ann Donaldson, the chief of staff to the White House counsel, Donald F. McGahn II. Democrats have strongly criticized the nomination of Mr. Talley, a 36-year-old who has never tried a case and who received a rare “not qualified” rating from the American Bar Association. His nomination advanced through the Senate Judiciary Committee on Thursday on a party-line vote.”

What you can do:
✓ Call to oppose Talley’s nomination.
Call both your Senators. Use ContactingCongress.org to find their info. Here’s a start:

“My name is [NAME] from [PLACE]. I’m calling to urge the Senator to vote no on Brett Talley’s lifetime nomination to become a federal district judge. He has never tried a case, has been practicing law for three years, and has clear conflicts of interest. How does the Senator plan to vote?”

4. The Secret Correspondence Between Donald Trump Jr. and WikiLeaks

What’s happening: (The Atlantic)
“The transparency organization asked the president’s son for his cooperation — in sharing its work, in contesting the results of the election, and in arranging for Julian Assange to be Australia’s ambassador to the United States.” On his foreign trip, the president also said that Putin “means it” about not meddling, casting doubt on our own intelligence officials. We also learned that Mueller is probing Flynn’s role in a kidnapping plot.

What you can do:
Call to demand that Trump implements the Russia sanctions.

5. DACA Recipients Share Their Dream Act Stories Following a Student-Led Walkout

What’s happening: (Teen Vogue)
“Nearly two months have passed since President Donald Trump officially rescinded the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program and there appears to be little in the way of action regarding the much needed piece of legislation. Without the passing of alternative legislation, around 800,000 young people across the United States could possibly be deported, some to areas of the world they likely don’t remember and have never considered home. Four students at Trinity Washington University in D.C. showed their resilience by leading a walkout of nearly 1,000 supporters. The organizers … explained that they’re stepping out of the shadows and raising their voices to demand work from representatives on a clean Dream Act.” The Trump administration also rejected 4,000 “late” DACA renewals, even though some were sitting in its mailbox at the deadline -- after reporting on the issue, the administration agreed to let them reapply.

What you can do:
View UnitedWeDream’s take action page for ways you can call, organize walkouts, visit members of Congress, and more.

Read “What you can do to defend DREAMers” over at Indivisible

Here's the link to share this edition of the newsletter on Twitter. Thank you for continuing to get others involved.
 

Best,
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. 

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