|How we hold them accountable.Your weekly to-do’s:
- Spring recess starts today! Every congressional recess, we show up to make our voices heard. From March 24 to April 9, show up and hold your members of Congress (MoCs) accountable to you. Check out recess.indivisible.org for resources and make a plan to show up!
- On deck for Capitol Hill. MoCs might be on recess, but that doesn’t mean that they’re not already thinking about their return. Right after recess, we’ll see both the nominations of Gina Haspel (explainer here) and Mike Pompeo (explainer here) come to the senate and we can stop these nominations in their tracks if we start working early. Tell your Senators to reject them.
- Tax Day is coming. We will not forget how our MoCs voted on the tax scam, and Tax Day is the perfect opportunity to remind them that we remember their votes to give huge tax cuts to the rich and corporations at our expense. Find a Tax March event in your area before Tax Day!
Dear Group Leaders,
It’s the first day of spring recess! From March 24 to April 9, your members of Congress (MoCs) will be home. This is your opportunity to hold them accountable and build momentum going into election season. You can find everything you’ll need, including resources and town hall questions, at recess.indivisible.org.
For two weeks, you’ll have the opportunity to meet with your MoCs face-to-face (at office visits or Town Halls) and ask them the hard questions. And there are several different ways you can take action around recess.
Here’s how we hold them accountable:
- #NeverAgain. Hold them accountable to their inaction around gun violence. You showed up to support students during walkouts. You’re showing up today for the #MarchForOurLives. But where are our MoCs? Like so many other issues, our MoCs need to feel pressure in order to act. At the federal, state, and local level, you can have an impact to prevent gun violence. Check out our guide and tell your MoCs enough is enough.
Remember, recess is just one way we let our MoCs know that we haven’t forgotten the votes they’ve cast in the past year (good and bad). If they voted against their constituents in the past year, we’re ready to VOTE. THEM. OUT. Take your energy and bring it with you to every event these next two weeks. We’ve already seen your work in action, now we just need to keep the momentum going.
On deck for Capitol Hill
Congress is about to go on its longest recess so far this year. They left town after passing an “omnibus” government funding bill that will go through the end of September 2018, and failing to rein in Trump’s illegal war in Yemen (though having a vote to rein in Trump’s war authority at all was a positive development).
Here are some things you keep your eyes on after they return:
- Trump’s cabinet nominees Gina Haspel (CIA Director) and Mike Pompeo (Secretary of State) will come up for confirmation votes in the Senate. Haspel is a war criminal who personally helped torture detainees in a secret CIA-run prison in Thailand during the Bush administration. Pompeo is a Trump clone who’s displayed anti-Muslim bigotry, spouted dangerous warmongering, opposed diplomacy with Iran, and denied climate change. We are all less safe if Pompeo and Haspel are confirmed. Tell your Senators to reject them.
- The #BankLobbyistAct continues making its way through Congress. House Republicans, led by ultra-conservative Jeb Hensarling (TX-5), Chair of the House Financial Services Committee, think the bill doesn’t go far enough to deregulate big banks. They have at least 40 additional pieces of legislation they want added to the Senate bill before the House takes it up. We’ll know just how bad the new bill has gotten — along with at least 40 new reasons for your Democratic Senator to oppose it — after recess.
This week’s #TrumpThreatLevel:
- Trump named John Bolton his new National Security Advisor. This drives the Trump Threat Level higher than it has ever been. Bolton is a warmonger and conspiracy theorist who helped the Iraq War happen and, in recent months, has advocated bombing North Korea and Iran next.
- The Mueller investigation is at risk. John Dowd, the lead lawyer for Trump’s legal team, quit on March 22 as Trump ratcheted up his attacks on the Mueller investigation. It seems Trump is more worried about congratulating Putin on his recent re-election (against the explicit, all-capital letters advice of his advisors) than he is about protecting our democracy.
- A Saudi prince bragged about having Jared Kushner “in his pocket.” Kushner reportedly shared information from the President’s Daily Brief — the most classified rundown of intelligence in Washington — with Mohammed bin Salman as the Saudi prince was violently consolidating power in 2017. Despite not even having a security clearance, Kushner is mismanaging classified information by sharing it with a foreign leader — the same one bombing civilians in Yemen and carrying out human rights abuses in his own country.
Visit trumpthreatlevel.indivisible.org for a running list of all the ways Trump makes us less safe and our latest foreign policy resources.
April showers bring November power — start fundraising today!
During the month of April, groups that use Indivisible’s fundraising tool have the opportunity to participate in a joint fundraising campaign by hosting a house party, running a digital campaign, or holding another event to raise funds for your group’s upcoming actions.
All groups that participate and raise $250 in April will be entered in a drawing to win an additional $1,000 that can be used to support future actions! All the resources you need to get started can be found on IndivisibleHQ.
If you’re interested in taking part in this campaign, or want start fundraising on your own, select one person from your group to be the treasurer and fill out the application here. You’ll need to log in to IndivisibleHQ.org to access these pages. If you haven’t already registered, just go to IndivisibleHQ.org, use the password WeStand1nd1v1s1ble to access the page, and create your own login.
Join us as we continue to build power (and make it rain donations!) so you have the resources you need leading into November’s midterm elections.
Building power in Illinois through primary endorsements
We want to give a special shout out to several Illinois Indivisible groups who worked tirelessly to get several progressive candidates elected last week! Special congrats to Indivisible Chicago NW and Indivisible Chicago Southside who took the step of endorsing Fritz Kaegi last month in his bid to unseat incumbent Joe Berrios. Their hard work paid off and their next Cook County Assessor is Fritz Kaegi!
Looking toward November, Illinois has an opportunity to flip control of the governorship from red to blue by voting Governor Rauner out of office. JB Pritzker won the Illinois Democratic gubernatorial primary, and they’ll be working towards making sure Pritzker unseats Rauner.
Tax Day is coming.
Recess is a crucial time to keep your MoCs on their toes and remind them exactly who they work for. They work for YOU, not corporations. For months, we’ve been driving the message to them that when they voted for the tax scam, they voted against the people.
✔️ You held retirement parties for Republicans who voted for the tax scam.
✔️ You thanked Democrats who held the line.
✔️ You showed up at rallies with big checks to show the GOP that they turned their backs on their constituents.
Now, let’s keep that momentum going. Not only can we push this message during recess, but we have another chance coming up with Tax Day around the corner. Check out Tax March events in your area leading up to Tax Day and keep holding them accountable all the way up to election day.
The Indivisible Team