WEEKLY ACTION ITEMS
ACTION 1: Ask your Senators to commit to block all judicial and Department of Justice nominations and to vote against any nominated judicial candidates until a special, independent, bipartisan committee is appointed.
Why It’s So Important
For months now, even after hearing damning testimony, Republicans in both the House and Senate have failed to take seriously the threats to national security posed by the Trump administration’s ties to Russia. Although the appointment of Robert Mueller as special counsel is a welcome step towards protecting the integrity of the investigation into the Trump Administration’s collusion with Russia, it is highly probable that Trump’s next move will be to nominate one of his cronies to lead the FBI. A less than impartial FBI director will be in a prime position to hinder and throw obstacles in the way of a fair and rigorous investigation.
The appointment of a special, independent, bipartisan committee is necessary to ensure a rigorous and objective investigation of all of the evidence available. Once formed, this committee would have subpoena powers and critically, would issue a comprehensive report on their findings. The American people need and deserve to know the truth about the relationship between the Trump administration and Russia. The flood of information pointing to collusion between Trump associates and Russia is now becoming a deluge. Only an independent, bipartisan committee can provide the essential impartiality needed for this critical inquiry.
What to Do – Action Item 1
Contact Senators Feinstein and Harris.
I urge Senator___ to block all judicial and Department of Justice nominations and vote against all judicial candidates on the Senate floor until an independent, bipartisan committee is appointed to investigate collusion between the Trump administration and Russia. We must have a thorough and impartial investigation into Russian interference in our elections. We cannot let a foreign power get away with manipulating our election process. The American people must learn the truth about attempts to interfere with America's democracy.
- Sen. Dianne Feinstein: DC (202) 224-3841, SF (415) 393-0707, LA (310) 914-7300, SD (619) 231-9712, Fresno (559) 485-7430
- Sen. Kamala Harris: DC (202) 224-3553, Sacramento (916) 448-2787, SF (415) 355-9041, LA (213) 894-5000, SD (619) 239-3884, Fresno (559) 497-5109
ACTION 2: Hugo Mejia, a San Rafael construction worker and father of three, is STILL being held in a general population jail in Elk Grove, CA. May 24th is his 22nd day of detainment. His lawyer and Congressman Huffman are working relentlessly on his behalf.
Saturday, Congressman Huffman met with Hugo at the jail and a group of mighty supporters made our voice heard outside the building. Hugo’s colleague, Rodrigo Nuñez, is still being held at a jail in Yuma County. Senator Kamala Harris will start advocating on their behalf as well.
Our message is still the same: That Hugo and his colleague, Rodrigo Nunez, be released immediately from jail and be placed in regular removal proceedings.
What to Do – Action Item 2
ACTION 3: Make these calls today to continue to support legislation that has made California a leader in the Climate Change movement! The MVCAN Eco-Warriors are currently focusing their efforts on passing these important carbon pricing bills:
SB-775 modifies California’s cap-and-trade system to steadily raise pricing starting in 2021 which would allow consumers, businesses, and investors the predictability they need to accelerate the shift to a clean energy future in California, while still protecting low and middle-income households from the price increase.
AB 378 requires the Air Resources Board (ARB) to take into account the social cost of carbon in their policies and to prioritize direct emission reductions. It also requires that no individual facility be allowed to increase it’s greenhouse gas emissions beyond the average of 2014-2016 levels.
Thank you for taking these important actions today!