As all of our hearts are with the students, teachers, and families of Santa Fe High School, here are four things you can do right now to say #NeverAgain (you can also check out our one-stop resource with all of these asks in one place):
- Tell your senators to block the NRA’s Top Priority: The Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act.
- Tell your senators to stop the NRA’s favorite lawyer–Howard Nielson– from becoming a lifelong federal judge.
- Tell Congress you expect real gun safety reform from your elected officials and you expect them to co-sponsor and support these pieces of legislation.
- Advocate for common-sense gun reform in your state.
Now for the good, the bad, and the (potentially) ugly from Congress.
Just when we think Congress is starting to wind down, they come right back to push their destructive agenda. This week, there was a final devastating vote to confirm torturer Gina Haspel to be our country’s next CIA director.
Indivisible groups mobilized for weeks to #BlockHaspel, and the grassroots pressure motivated key senators to do the right thing. (Shout out to Arizona Indivisibles for getting Senator Flake to vote no!) You made it a close fight: the vote was 54-45, and Gina Haspel received the fewest “yes” votes of any CIA Director in history. But we’ll be honest: this was a winnable fight, if only Democrats had stuck together. In the end, six Democrats joined Republicans to confirm Gina Haspel. Click here for our resource to find out how your senator voted – then tell them what you think.
If you’re finding yourself mad, you should be: Democrats just promoted a torturer to CIA Director. And guess what, Congress isn’t done just yet. Next week, the House will vote on the Senate’s version of the #BankLobbyistAct (Remember that vote from March? That’s okay, we’ve got the resource here to refresh your memory). This bill will effectively deregulate Wall Street and expose ALL Americans and our economy to the risk of another financial meltdown. Oh yeah, and it passed through the Senate with Democratic support.
We take seriously our responsibility to be honest with you all about the chances of success on a given issue. The truth is, there is nothing we can do to stop the House from passing the #BankLobbyistAct. Still, it is important that we make sure your representatives know that we disagree with this bill and their vote before it heads to Trump’s desk for signature. So make sure to tell them to vote NO this week!
Join your neighbors every Friday @ 11:30
Carpool from Saugerties
Each week people opposed to Congressman John Faso descend on his office to voice their complaints at Faso Friday. We stand outside his Kingston office at 721 Broadway with signs expressing our views on issues from health care, immigrant rights, income inequality to climate change and more.
Often the activist band, Tin Horn Uprising, keeps us waving our signs or swaying in time to their music.Come join us and make your voice heard.Faso Friday began on January 27th 2017 and continues weekly from noon to 1:00.Meet up at 11:30 a.m. Each Friday we will be carpooling from Simmons Plaza on 9W south (by IXL gym and Rite Aid).