Jan. 4th, 2017

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Posted in full at: http://ift.tt/2j6Uz4b at January 03, 2017 at 04:45PM
angiemoney:

did-you-kno:

The ‘Devil’s Bridge’ is a 19th-century
structure in Kromlau, Germany, that
was designed to make a perfect circle
with its reflection in the water below. Source

Love it

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morgandawn: (Art Noveau Blue)
Posted in full at: http://ift.tt/2hOgsQQ at January 03, 2017 at 06:55PMNAACP on Twitter:
Today (Jan 3, 2017) members of the NAACP staged a protest in Jeff Sessions office and were arrested. Jeff Sessions is Drumpf’s pick for Attorney General. His record on human rights, civil rights and women’s rights was so bad in the 1980s that  Congress refused to confirm as a federal judge. This week over 1,000 law school professors signed a letter saying he must not become Attorney General.   His application to the Senate Judiciary Committee omitted key information but the Republicans are pushing his nomination anyway.

What to do?

Call your State Senators. You can find them  here:  http://ift.tt/2ixwh0g

Use this script:

“Good afternoon. My name is (NAME) and I am a resident of (CITY) and a constituent of the senator’s. I am calling today to voice my opposition to the nomination of Jeff Sessions to the position of attorney general. Senator Sessions has indicated that he finds the Voting Rights Act “intrusive,” and I very seriously doubt his commitment to promoting equal rights among all Americans. I’d like to find out Sen. (NAME)’s  position on his nomination and whether he’she will be supporting or opposing Jeff Sessions nomination.”

If they support Jeff Sessions or refuse to answer how they will vote, tweet your opposition to them.

Bonus: Call the Senate Judiciary Committee: http://ift.tt/1YhOYTF

Additional reading: http://ift.tt/2hKh0Lb

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morgandawn: (Art Noveau Blue)
Posted in full at: http://ift.tt/2iEiRj4 at January 04, 2017 at 10:19AM
s-leary:

(via The New Yorker)

The House has withdrawn its plan to eviscerate the Office of Congressional Ethics. Many headlines gave credit to Drumpf’s tweet about the issue, when in fact representatives actually backed down because their offices were flooded with angry phone calls from constituents.

Don’t imagine that the OCE is now safe. Congressmen really, really don’t like having their ethics overseen. Twice in very recent history, the House  has attempted to change ethics rules: in 2005, before the Office of
Congressional Ethics existed, the newly sworn-in House has kicked off its agenda with a vote to dismiss complaints if the ethics committee were deadlocked; and in 2010, House members pushed to limit the OCE’s ability to report ethics violations to the Justice Department but backed off so as not to look bad in an election year. This will  come back. Drumpf’s tweet didn’t tell the House to drop the issue; he just said they should cut taxes and repeal the ACA first. If you don’t remember what things were like before the OCE existed, The Atlantic has a nice overview of its creation.

The resolution to ban livestreaming and photography from the House floor passed, without the OCE amendment attached.


What You Can Do

If you don’t have your representatives’ numbers handy, call the Congressional switchboard 202-224-3121 and ask to be transferred. Add that number to your contacts! It’s consistent, unlike the representatives’.

Look at the graphic. 17 phone calls!!! Really don’t need thousands, just 17 to your reps.  If you see a request to make a call, do it. Even if you live in a red state and you know they will never ever budge.  Call after hours, leave a message. If you hate phone calls, fax - copy and paste the script and use an online fax service.



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