Call on Congress to ban police from using phone data to spy on pregnant women!


Top Stories for August 17:

Florida court forces teen to carry baby

In a horrifying display of backwards logic, a court decided that a teenager wasn’t mature enough to have an abortion — but somehow she’s mature enough to be a parent.

Take Action: Demand America’s district attorneys refuse to prosecute abortions!

Fox host finally gets tough with Trump on air

The disgraced ex-president’s complaints aren’t even holding water at Fox anymore!

Take Action: Tell Congress to force political groups to disclose their wealthy backers!

Will Trump be barred from running in 2024?

No Lie with Brian Tyler Cohen: Wow…

Biden signs Inflation Reduction Act into law, sealing major Democratic victory on climate, health care and taxes
Democrats are firmly back in the driver’s seat as President Biden signed the biggest environmental investment in American history into law — and it couldn’t have come at a better time.

Take Action: Demand Congress rebuff Trump’s SCOTUS and take climate change action NOW!

Liz Cheney’s loss in Wyoming is Trump’s biggest primary victory as he tries to purge the Republican Party of his critics
The Cheney political dynasty finally collapses as the Wyoming Republican loses her primary in a landslide. Voting for Trump’s agenda 93% of the time was not enough to curry favor with the masses, who now despise her for her refusal to toe the GOP party line on January 6th and Trump’s efforts to overturn the 2020 election.

Take Action: Tell Biden to take executive action to get dark money out of politics!

Sarah Palin advances to November vote for Alaska Congressional seat

The unhinged ex-governor’s political comeback overcame its first obstacle after nearly a decade spent doing things like reality television, surviving the first round of Alaska’s ranked-choice voting system.

FBI interviewed top Trump White House lawyers in Mar-a-Lago document inquiry
Pat Cipollone and Patrick Philbin have met with the FBI as the probe into Trump’s stolen secret document scandal continues to escalate.

Ron Johnson: Wisconsin doesn’t need jobs or child healthcare

OD Action Partner: Wisconsin is waking up to the horrors of their Republican senator, but we all need to do our part to flip this Senate seat blue!

Unprecedented shortage forces new water cuts on Colorado River
In a grim harbinger of what’s to come, the federal government on Tuesday announced new water cuts for Arizona, Nevada and Mexico in response to a climate change-induced drought that is depleting the Colorado River and its reservoirs.

Louisiana mother denied abortion, will be forced to give birth to headless baby or travel out of state thanks to anti-abortion law
In a shocking story that would be disparaged as too heavy handed if it were literary fiction, acrania — a deformity in which the baby’s skull does not properly form — is not on the list of conditions deemed acceptably “medically futile” by the Louisiana Department of Health. Would-be mother Nancy Davis was denied an abortion despite the certainty that the baby would not survive birth.

Biden administration cancels another $3.9 billion in student loan debt for former for-profit college students
Great! Now do the rest!

School counselors are the newest targets of deranged right-wing bigots
Smeared as pedophiles, groomers, and “recruiters for the Transgender Cult,” school counselors are under attack by zealots determined to exorcise anything they deem “woke” from public schools despite there not being a shred of truth to their paranoid, hateful delusions.


What? Really? Wow

News from abroad


Today’s Action: Make plans to take action during congressional recess!

We’re in the midst of another congressional recess, and this time we have just one week before lawmakers return to tackle the myriad challenges and crises facing the nation. But just because there’s a break in the legislative action doesn’t mean there’s not a way to make our voices heard! 

Our Members of Congress could be holding town halls, taking meetings, and attending local events — which gives us plenty of opportunities to make our demands face to face. Make a commitment during this recess to get personal with at least one of your congressional reps, in whichever manner you feel most comfortable.

Ask for a one-on-one meeting. Contact your rep’s local office to make your meeting request, and follow up after a few days if you haven’t heard back! Arrive with your three biggest requests prepared, and ask for clear action on each (e.g., cosponsor a bill, make a public statement, join a caucus). Type up your requests in a letter to deliver to your rep at the end of the meeting, just in case they don’t take notes!

Attend a town hall. If your reps are offering a public forum, this is a great opportunity to make your demands with witnesses. Contact their office to ask if any town halls have been scheduled (and if not, why not?), and visit Town Hall Project to search for events near you.

Organize a protest visit. Is your rep refusing to hold a town hall and declining private meetings? No problem. Ask their offices if they’ll be attending ANY public events during recess, and join them there to ask your questions. Be sure to film it and broadcast it on social media! No events? Make the signal loud and clear: you cannot hide from your constituents. Gather your friends, family, and community to protest at their offices. 

And the topics? There are so many, but here are a few to get you started: 

  • Demand they abolish the filibuster so meaningful legislation can be passed
  • Call for them to champion strong, progressive climate action
  • Fight for crucial voting rights legislation to protect the most marginalized constituents’ right to vote
  • Raise the national minimum wage to $15/hour – cosponsor and pass the Raise the Wage Act
  • Secure equal rights protections with the Equal Rights Amendment for women and the Equality Act for the LGBTQ+ community
  • Pass the PRO Act in support of striking workers across the country

A congressional recess isn’t time off — it’s your opportunity to remind our leaders who elected them and what our communities’ needs are!


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