Unhappy with Trump’s destructive agenda? TAKE ACTION NOW!

This new resource from the Hanover Democratic Committee is designed to help citizens take strategic acts that will protect our Democracy.  Watch for weekly action items here on the HDC webpage, in your inbox and on Facebook. 

Action 1:

Call and call again.   

In the summer of 2017 constant pressure from activists like TAN, readers stopped two cruel Republican healthcare bills from becoming law.  That level of energy and persistence is what is needed now to stop the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to a lifetime appointment on the Supreme Court.  You called last week, call again and keep calling. 

Senator Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) is spearheading a lawsuit seeking to compel the government to comply with Democrats’ FOIA request for documents relating to Kavanaugh’s work in the White House.  Senator Diane Feinstein (D-CA) announced that she turned a letter she received raising concerns about Judge Kavanaugh over to the FBI. Tell senators to reopen the Judicial Committee hearing to consider the new information and not to take a final vote until these issues are settled. 

Susan Collins (R-ME) (202-224-2523)
Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) (202-224-6665)
Joe Manchin (D-WV)  (202-224-3954)
Heidi Heitkamp (D-ND)  (202-224-2043)
Joe Donnelly (D-IN)  (202-224-4814)
Claire McCaskill (D-MO)  (202-224-6154)
Bill Nelson (D-FL)  (202-224-52740  
Doug Jones (D-AL)  (202-224-4124)


Action 2:

Go deeper on immigration.

Together Hanover and the Randolph-Macon Cultural Arts & Entertainment Series will sponsor an Eyes on Immigration forum to provide local and national information on this timely topic. 

The series will be held on the R-MC campus and includes:

Documented,  a powerful and deeply moving film about the struggles and contributions of undocumented immigrants.  Discussion with Phil Story, immigrant rights attorney and advocate at the Legal Aid Justice Center and Yanet Amado, immigration rights advocate at the VA Interfaith Center will follow the film. Thursday, October 11, 2018, 7p.m. Sun Trust Theater, Brock Commons.

UndocuAlly Training  Students from VCU’s UndocuRAMs will train participants to be an ally for immigrants in the community.  This program is presented in collaboration with R-MC’s Office of Campus Ministry.  Saturday, October 27, 2018, 10a.m.-3p.m. Dollar Tree Room, Brock Commons.  Space is limited; please RSVP to patriciareagan@rmc.edu.

A Closer Look at Immigrants in Virginia Laura Goren, Research Director of the Commonwealth Institute for Fiscal Analysis, Veena Lothe, an immigration attorney and Gustavo Angeles, a former immigration rights community organizer at the New Virginia Majority will discuss the economic, cultural and business contributions of immigrants in Virginia.  Thursday, November 15, 2018, 7 p.m. Dollar Tree Room, Brock Commons.



Action 3:

Protect the vote.  

On September 13, President Trump signed an Executive Order that lays out a process to levy sanctions on foreign entities that meddle in U.S. elections 90 days prior to an election.  The sanctions would be totally at the discretion of the president. The Executive Order has been criticized by Democrats and a few Republicans as not strong enough to deter meddling.  

The Defending Elections from Threats by Establishing Redlines Act or DETER is a Senate bill that enshrines the sanctions into the legislation.  This leaves no enforcement discretion and signals great resolve and credibility.  Sanctions are imposed once infractions are determined by the Director of National Intelligence, not the president.

Another bill designed to protect our elections is the Honest Ads Act.  This bill would mandate internet companies or websites that have 50 million viewers a month to identify the persons or organizations purchasing more than $500 on election or campaign ads.  

It is interesting that Russian entities bought over $100,000 of internet propaganda between June 2015 and May 2017, well outside the time limit of the Executive Order.

The Honest Ads Act is S.1989 and DETER is S. 2313.  Both are tied up in committee.

Call Senator Warner (202-224-2023) and Senator Tim Kaine (202-224-4024) with your opinions about the need to protect our elections.