Call the FBI

The attacks on the FBI by Congressional Republicans and by the Trump White House are just another in a series of attacks on our fundamental national institutions.

Anyone who cares about this nation should be appalled at these actions.

What can you do?  Try this.

FIRST.  Call and write your local FBI office, tell them you have faith in their professionalism and integrity.

Richmond VA FBI office:

Address:  111 Greencourt Rd, Richmond, VA 23228
Phone:  (804) 261-1044

SECOND.  Make a donation to the FBI Agents Association College Memorial Fund.

THIRD.  Contact your Congressional representative and demand that he/she denounce Rep. Nunes and the Trump White House for their attacks on the FBI.  Follow up by submitting your letter as a letter to the editor of your local paper.

February 1, 2018: Trump administration continues assault on our nation’s institutions

Another day, another onslaught of Trump attacks on the things that make America great — the rule of law, respect for native peoples and their land, experienced people in government service.  Trump is out to destroy each of these.

In the State Dept, top diplomats continue to resign in response to treatment by Trump administration

The U.S. State Department’s third-ranking official, Tom Shannon, is stepping down from his post, the department said on Thursday, becoming the latest senior diplomat to exit since President Donald Trump took office a year ago.

Shannon, who serves as under secretary of state for political affairs, is the top U.S. career diplomat and has been a fixture among the nation’s diplomatic ranks during more than 34 years of service. In a letter to department staff, Shannon, 60, said he was resigning for personal reasons.

His departure deprives the State Department of a seasoned veteran at a time of pressing diplomatic concerns including the threat posed by a nuclear-armed North Korea.

Tillerson in November said he was offended by claims that the State Department was being hollowed out under Trump, saying it was functioning well despite scathing criticism from former American diplomats including Nicholas Burns and Ryan Crocker.

The forcing out of many senior diplomats, the failure to nominate or to win Senate confirmation for officials to fill key agency roles, and a perception that Tillerson is inaccessible have eroded morale, according to current officials.

Trump to allow 19th century style land rush to destroy precious national monuments on Native American land

Despite protests from conservationists, local tribe leaders, Democratic lawmakers, and even the United Nations’ expert on indigenous rights, at 6am on Friday the Trump administration will allow citizens and companies to start staking claims on sections of the Bears Ears and Grand Staircase-Escalante national monuments in Utah so the new stakeholders can conduct hard rock mining on the formerly protected lands.

“It is outrageous to witness the dismantling of the Bears Ears national monument, in what constitutes a serious attack on indigenous peoples’ rights in the United States,” said Victoria Tauli-Corpuz, UN Special Rapporteur on the rights of indigenous peoples.

Tauli-Corpuz noted that the previous administration’s decision to create the monument “protected thousands of sacred sites which are central to the preservation of regional Native culture,” and warned President Donald Trump’s December decision to reduce Bears Ears’ area by about 85 percent “exposes thousands of acres of sacred lands and archaeological sites to the threats of desecration, contamination, and permanent destruction.”

This is just another example of Trump’s disdain for people who are not white and rich like him.

Trump admits the Nunes memo is an attempt to destroy the FBI

Sources are telling CNN that President Donald Trump is championing a controversial memo written by Rep. Devin Nunes (R-CA) as a way to discredit special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation.

“In phone calls last night and over the past days, Trump has told friends he believes the memo would expose bias within the agency’s top ranks and make it easier for him to argue the Russia investigations are prejudiced against him,” CNN writes, citing two sources.

CNN’s sources also claim that the president is plotting for ways to fire Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, who appointed Mueller as special counsel last year after Attorney General Jeff Sessions recused himself from handling the Russia probe.

“Another person said Trump is so frustrated with the Russia investigation and, in turn, Rosenstein that he may look for any opportunity to build a case for Rosenstein’s firing,” CNN reports. “He could argue that Rosenstein failed to scrutinize the information initially used to request the warrant and therefore didn’t do his due diligence.”

The FBI on Wednesday issued an extraordinary statement slamming the Nunes memo as based on cherry-picked intelligence and called its conclusions misleading. Despite this, the president is still expected to release the memo.

First District Democratic Candidates’ Forum

The four Democratic candidates for Virginia’s First District Congressional seat will appear at a candidates’ forum where they will address the audience and answer questions.

BE THERE!!!

First Congressional District Democratic Candidates’ Forum

Thursday, Feb 15

6-7:30 PM

St. Clare Walker Middle School

6814 General Puller Hwy

Locust Hill VA

Candidates:

  • Edwin Santana — Stafford County
  • Ryan Sawyers — Prince William County
  • John Suddarth — Hanover County
  • Vangie Williams — King George County

Moderator:  Sheila Crowley

Send questions for consideration to:  midpendems@gmail.com

Action items, Jan 28 – Feb 2

Follow this link to the Indivisible Page for action items for the week of Jan 28 – Feb 2.

Notice that Rob Wittman voted to deport DACA Dreamers.  We need to call, email, fax, and write Wittman with our disapproval.  Go to this page,  scroll down to the big yellow circle DREAM KILLERS, click on that, scroll down to U.S. HOUSE where you will find Rob Wittman.

Use the suggested script for calling his office.

Contact information for Wittman is here.

Indivisible National Strategic Planning Event, Houston, April 6-8, 2018

This is a reminder that early-bird registration is now active for attending the strategic planning event with other Indivisible leaders from across the country. In surveys, you shared that you want to come together across local and state lines to discuss and decide how to work better together to achieve our common goals. This is our chance to do just that.

To ensure that we cover the full costs of the venue, the early bird registration price is $69. We are hoping to reach our goal of 150 registrations – which is the number we need to fund the venue – by the end of this Monday so that we can secure the venue while it is still available. If we do not reach 150, we cannot put on the event and would then refund all registrations.

The event will be held in Houston on April 6-8, 2018. To register for the event now and help us secure the funds to book the venue, please click the link below and pay your registration fee:

Register for the Event Now!

 

If you want to attend the event but feel that you have challenges in making a commitment to be there, please feel free to reach out to me to see if we can help in any way.

For more information about the goals and plans for the event, please also watch the conference call and PowerPoint presentation that was held last year by clicking the link below.

Watch the Presentation

If you have further questions about the event after watching the presentation, including questions related to the issue of being able to afford attendance, you can also click the FAQs link below to see if your questions are answered there. Or you can send me an email with any questions that are not covered. I will be updating the FAQs as I receive new questions.

Email to:  indivisiblestrategy@gmail.com

See FAQs

To register, please click the link below to join your fellow Indivisible leaders for what will be an exciting, moving, and results-oriented event.

Register for the Event Now!

 

1st District Progressives Meeting: New location

1st Congressional District Progressive Meeting

Saturday, January 27, 12:00 Noon – 2:30 PM

Ashland Coffee and Tea; 100 N Railroad Avenue, Ashland VA

We need to come together as one district to learn about our candidates & find unified solutions to 2018 election challenges.

We request the attendance of progressive/liberal groups from all over the Virginia First Congressional District.

Ryan Sawyers, Edwin Santana, John Suddarth and Vangie Williams will be attending.
Format/Topics:
1) Introductions of groups & their current projects
2) Candidate introductions
3) Workshops covering topics such as:
– Growing progressive group size
– Improving participation
– Raising money
– Improving communication/collaboration.
– Improving voter turnout (specific to VACD1)
– Opportunities for marketing/advertising (crowdsourced ads?, etc).
4) Training:
– Advanced canvassing tips/strategies.
– Basics of MiniVan (bring your smartphone/tablet). WiFi available.

Upcoming meetings

Next meeting:

Sunday, January 21, 1 – 4 PM, Northumberland Public Library, Heathsville VA.

Lexi Coburn from the national organization is traveling to us from North Carolina to provide training.  Let’s honor her commitment of time with our attendance.

1st Congressional District Progressive Meeting

Saturday, January 27, 12:00 Noon – 2:30 PM

Mechanicsville Library; 7461 Sherwood Crossing Place, Mechanicsville VA 23111

We need to come together as one district to learn about our candidates & find unified solutions to 2018 election challenges.

We request the attendance of progressive/liberal groups from all over the Virginia First Congressional District.

Ryan Sawyers, Edwin Santana, John Suddarth and Vangie Williams will be attending.
Format/Topics:
1) Introductions of groups & their current projects
2) Candidate introductions
3) Workshops covering topics such as:
– Growing progressive group size
– Improving participation
– Raising money
– Improving communication/collaboration.
– Improving voter turnout (specific to VACD1)
– Opportunities for marketing/advertising (crowdsourced ads?, etc).
4) Training:
– Advanced canvassing tips/strategies.
– Basics of MiniVan (bring your smartphone/tablet). WiFi available.

Location: Mechanicsville Library Conference Hall @ 7416 Sherwood Crossing Place, Mechanicsville, VA 23111 (may change due to size of group).
 

If Trump fires Mueller — protest rally in Tappahannock

Nobody is above the law, in spite of the fact that Donald Trump believes himself to be.

In case Trump fires Robert Mueller, the nation should explode in rallies.  Nobodyisabovethelaw is planning nationwide rallies in the event Trump fires Mueller.  Click on the link then find your state to locate planned rallies near you.

For local Indivisible members, our rally will be in Tappahannock in front of Rob Wittman’s office.