Resistbot

Resistbot to the Rescue Again

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Your DGB for today is to use Resistbot - an already insanely useful tool - to check on your voter registration status. With voter rolls being purged in some states, how much people move, and just how busy many of us are, it’s easy to lose track of whether or not we’re registered at our current location. And baby, we GOTTA vote this November. It is non-negotiable.

You already know you can text “RESIST” to 50409 to contact your members of congress and do other cool stuff.  Now you can text “vote” to the same number to check your registration, get information on absentee ballots, and even register to vote. It’s pretty sweet.

Please don’t sit this one out. It’s all on the line. We need a big, blue wave in November to put out the dumpster fire we call trumpism.

No Hearings, No Vote

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Your DGB for today is to tell your senators we need a full FBI investigation of Brett Kavanaugh before any hearings take place.

As of the writing of this Grab, a third accuser has gone public with various appalling claims against the SCOTUS nominee. The time for negotiations, political posturing, and victim-blaming is over. We need a full investigation into Kavanaugh’s history or he needs to withdraw his name immediately, as all ten Democrats on the Senate Judiciary Committee insisted in a letter to Trump today.

Use Resistbot to contact your senators, ESPECIALLY if you live in Alaska, Arizona, Maine, or Tennessee, and tell them this process needs to come to a screeching halt.

Protect Mueller

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Stick a pin in this Kavanaugh business for a second. Your DGB for today is to protect the Special Counsel investigation.

This morning’s news saw confusion in the Justice Department as rumors flew that Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein had resigned. After Friday’s report that Rosenstein had considered trying to oust Trump, we knew shit was gonna go down this week and everyone was on edge. Come to find out we won’t know the DAG’s fate until Thursday, which gives us time to prepare our umbrellas for the shitstorm.

Today, you’ll echo Kamala Harris and use Resistbot to tell your senators to pass S.2644, the Special Counsel Independence and Integrity Act, as soon as possible.

You know that old saying, “why wait for a looming Constitutional crisis when you can pass legislation preventing one today, you imbeciles?” Oh, that’s not a saying? Well, it should be.

Resistbot to the Rescue

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Your DGB for today is to fire up Resistbot and get some information about your local reps.

Resistbot is here once again to help us grab back. If you text NRA to 50409 (Resistbot) it will return a message telling you how much blood money the NRA paid to support your local representatives. If they received gun funds, it will help you generate a Tweet asking them to donate the money. If you are a luddite like some of us here at DGB and still can’t handle the Twitter, just copy and paste the message into an email, a Facebook post, a Word document or copy it down in longhand using your quill pen.

Fair warning: the results may surprise you! Remember that Shame Bell we had you ring last week? Democrats are guilty of this too.

Let’s get murder money out of our democracy!

 

We Want a DACA Bill and We Want It Now

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Your DGB for today is to contact your Congressmen and Congresswomen and demand we pass a bill for DACA recipients asap.

Last week we asked you to share the stories of Dreamers with your friends and families and anyone in your social media circle. We hoped that this would break down some of the rhetoric that the right had been spewing when they started referring to Dreamers as “illegals.” This week, we need you to go a step further and demand a DACA. We wish we could demand a clean DACA bill, and we can definitely ask for one, but it’s not looking like we will get one. The current bill being tossed around by John McCain and Chris Coons doesn’t hit on Trump’s demands. He wants funding for his archaic wall and an end to family-based immigration, which is actually the reason Donald Trump is even here to begin with. Trump’s very own grandfather, Friedrich Trump, immigrated here in 1885 to join his sister. And that’s not even the only case of “chain migration” in his family. HIS MOM came to the U.S. in 1930, as an unskilled worker from Scotland, to live with her sister who was already here. If Trump were president back when his Opa were trying to come to America, neither his grandpa, nor his mother would have been able to make it. They would have been blocked because of Trump’s desire to ban “chain migration” and because they were both unskilled workers they wouldn’t have made it on the “merit-based immigration” Trump is looking for. Germany and Scotland didn’t send their best.

The bill isn’t perfect, but is does protect Dreamers and is a companion piece to a bill being shared in the House of Representatives that they think has the votes. This new bill also allows for a path to citizenship and we fully support that. And DACA expires in less than a month, so use Resistbot, call, snap, tweet, or drop on by your congress members office and tell them you support Dreamers, and so do the vast majority of Americans, we’re talking like 80+%. And could they pretty please hurry up and pass a bill so we don’t have to read stories of Dreamers’ families being torn apart. The daily news cycle is terrible enough already.  

 

Russia Sanctions

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Your DGB for today is to contact your representatives about enforcement of the Russian sanctions bill.

It doesn’t take a stable genius to see that Russia helped Trump win the 2016 election in exchange for some form of leniency with regard to U.S. relations, but even DGB staff didn’t think the administration would be so brazen about their Russian sympathies.

Even after Congress passed a sanctions package that was signed into law by the President, the Department of Justice has just unilaterally decided not to enforce it. Read the confusing justification for this here.

On top of this, it’s now being reported that at least one Russian spy official subject to 2014 sanctions had recent conversations with CIA Director Mike Pompeo, who again, warned afterward that Russia will continue to meddle in U.S. elections. But, hey, who needs sanctions, right?

There are a few ways Congress can handle the Executive Branch ignoring their will. Rolling over and taking this blatant disregard for their power as a branch of government, however, is not one of them.

Today, you’ll use Resistbot to pressure your members of Congress to take immediate action on this consolidation of power by Putin’s buddy.

 

Presidential Censure

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Your DGB for this weekend is to encourage Congress to censure Donald Trump.

In this week’s installment of My God, Why Is He Still Allowed to Speak?, Trump again lifted his leg to mark our government with his racism and degradation. In a meeting about DACA, he asked “Why do we want all these people from shithole countries coming here?” and “Why do we need more Haitians? Take them out.” These comments follow his December statements to The New York Times that Haitians have AIDS and Nigerians live in huts. The leader of the free world is officially less evolved on Haiti than Cher Horowitz of Clueless.

DGB’s advice is to invest in an anti-aging moisturizer for those worry lines you didn’t have before this administration and use Resistbot to contact your representatives and ask them to lobby for a censure of the president. It’s way past time to tell the rest of the world that he isn’t speaking for America.

 

La David Johnson

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Your DGB for today is to demand answers for the family of La David Johnson.

We still know very little about the October 4th, 2017 ambush in Niger that killed four American service members and five Nigerien soldiers.

What we do know for sure is that his funeral was October 21st, his widow was never permitted to view his body, and our military found parts of him (again?) on November 12th. Oh, and Trump handled the entire incident remarkably poorly, even for him. http://www.cnn.com/2017/10/23/politics/trump-johnson-call/index.html

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/checkpoint/wp/2017/11/21/more-remains-belonging-to-sgt-la-david-johnson-found-in-niger-military-says/?utm_term=.c4bade114642

This weekend, you’ll use Resistbot to hound your congressional representatives and demand, at the very LEAST, a Benghazi-level of attention. Those who serve our country, and their families, deserve better than this.

 

Brett Talley

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Your DGB for today is to oppose the appointment of Brett Talley.

Trump picks all the best people, like Flynn and Manafort, so we shouldn’t be surprised by his pick for an Alabama judgeship, but he’s majorly jumped the shark on this one. Dude is a ghosthunting lawyer who has never even tried a case, is married to someone in Trump’s administration, and has defended the KKK on an online message board.

He was still voted out of committee last week because everything is terrible and now his nomination will advance to the senate floor, despite the American Bar Association rating him “not qualified.”

If you haven’t felt the need to scream into a pillow yet today, read more about him here:

http://www.slate.com/blogs/the_slatest/2017/11/15/trump_nominee_brett_talley_appears_to_have_defended_the_first_kkk.html

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/politics/wp/2017/11/13/that-judicial-nominee-whos-never-tried-a-case-is-also-married-to-a-trump-administration-lawyer/?utm_term=.8fada2f2da81

Then, spend your weekend using Resistbot to let your Senators know this guy doesn’t deserve a lifetime appointment.

 

Cut, Cut, Cuts for the Wealthy: The Tax Bill

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Your DGB for today is to contact your Members of Congress (are you best friends with the intern who answers the phone, yet?) and tell them you do NOT want Trump’s tax bill anywhere near your wallet.

Trump ran on a populist message. To the “forgotten men and women” he promised economic relief. The tax bill he and the GOP have cooked up is supposedly the delivery of that promise, but it doesn’t look like it to us. 

The bill proposes deep tax cuts to the wealthy and to corporations, with the idea that the money will - this sounds familiar - trickle down to the rest of us in the form of more and better-paying jobs. But all historical evidence tells us that these tax cuts will mostly result in more gold-plated toilets for the wealthy. In fact, the idea that POTUS himself would personally benefit from this bill is one of the most stomach-churning parts of this story. Another deeply concerning component of this proposed bill is that it appears the GOP has snuck in some language that would undermine Roe v. Wade.

You can use Countable, Resistbot, or your trusty phone to tell your elected representatives that the GOP’s tax bill might mean a windfall if your last name is “Trump,” but for the rest of us, there’s no art to this deal.

 

Sam Clovis is The Worst

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Your DGB for today is to oppose Trump’s nomination of Sam Clovis to head the USDA.

There’s unqualified, and then way past that line, there’s Sam Clovis. https://www.forbes.com/sites/stevensalzberg/2017/08/15/reject-this-incompetent-trump-appointee-hes-not-a-scientist/#2c516cd017b1

Yep, he’s xenophobic to the extreme. He’s a birther, climate change denier, suggested Obama got into Ivy League schools because of his race, called Eric Holder “a racist Black,” and is a big fan of the marriage equality = pedophilia slippery slope argument. That’s all pretty terrible, but he’s also not a scientist. A 2008 law gives guidance for picking a USDA head from a pool of “distinguished scientists with specialized or significant experience in agricultural research, education and economics.”

Clovis is a former right wing talk show host, which makes him about as qualified to be the Department of Agriculture’s head scientist as your average toddler. Letting this dude head the USDA would be like letting a reality show star be president of the United States. Imagine how that would turn out.

Use Resistbot or Countable to register your disgust with your Senators.

 

Resistbot

Your DGB for today is to initiate and utilize the Resistbot service.

Isn’t it frustrating when you finally overcome your phone anxiety and make that call to a rep, only to have the line be busy or go to a full voicemail message? That’s why we at DGB try to give you other contact options such as fax or email, and this service makes it even easier. Resistbot is an automated text assistant that turns your communications into faxes sent to your Congressional Representatives and Senators. You begin by texting “resist” to 50409 and the bot will prompt you from there, starting with sending a message to both of your senators. She (we like to think of the bot as a she) will then confirm delivery of the faxes and will periodically text you again asking if you have additional communications. You can text her anytime as well. You can even resist in the middle of the night. Resistbot will never reject or judge you.