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February 24, 2017
This week has been one of the most important weeks for the resistance. Finally thousands of Americans had a chance to attend town halls with their members of Congress. We also saw hundreds of members of Congress reject their responsibilities as they dodged and avoided their constituents. Trump and other Republican leaders created a lie as they tried to downplay and undermine what is happening.

Earlier this week, Trump tweeted, "The so-called angry crowds in home districts of some Republicans are actually, in numerous cases, planned out by liberal activists. Sad!" Fox co-host Brian Kilmead said, "This seems manufactured. This seems paid-for..." Sean Spicer, at a press briefing, said, "I think some people are clearly upset, but there is a bit of professional protester manufactured based in there...It is a loud, small group of people disrupting something, for many cases for media attention...Just because they are loud doesn't necessarily mean they are many."

Despite those disappointing developments, we are inspired by all those who took action this week. We know that this energy is real and it is as grassroots as it gets. We are all working together to increase civic engagement to a level beyond anything we have seen in at least the last decade. But we also remain humble. No single group controls how this energy and movement is forming. This is an organic groundswell of energy and activism happening in local communities, states, and nationally. We are inspired and motivated by this, and by the work all of you are doing.

To get a glimpse of the United States of Resistance landscape, go to www.risestronger.org/resist. If you know of an organization that is not on the map, please let us know. If you represent an organization that is not on the map, please feel free to fill out our Resistance partnership form. We will be updating the map regularly and want to make sure we have all the information needed to include and amplify the work you are doing.
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QUOTE OF THE WEEK: "People of every religion, race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender, and age pouring into the streets and airports to defend the rights of their fellow Americans over the past few weeks proved the opposite is true––American diversity is a strength, and so is the American commitment to ideals of justice and equality." -Rumana Ahmed, The Atlantic {Now read this article: I was a Muslim in Trump's White House}

RESISTANCE SPOTLIGHT: THE ARENA SUMMIT

Founded after the 2016 election, the Arena Summit is building a “new generation of leaders to enter the arena - to run for office, to become civic activists, and more." Following on the heels of a successful arena summit in Nashville in December, their next event is scheduled for March 24-25 in Raleigh, NC. Tickets are now on sale at https://thearena.run/.

WHAT'S THE NEXT BIG EVENT?

In terms of national marches, here is a quick lineup of the bigger ones. Women's Strike on March 8; Tax march on April 15; March for Science on Earth Day, April 22; People's Climate March on April 29. For more national events, as well as all the local events in your area, take a look at the People's Calendar at www.risestronger.org/events.

Trump will address joint session of Congress on February 28 for a "State of the Union."

DO YOU HAVE YOUR MOC ON SPEED DIAL?

Text your zip code to 520-200-2223 and get a text right back with the name and phone number for all of your members of Congress. (Tech designed by Twitter user John Emerson of Backspace).

WHAT YOU CAN DO.

Buddy up with Michael Moore and follow his list of, “Do these 10 things and Trump will be Toast."

Take Donald Trump's Media Accountability Survey. Warning: they keep changing the link.

LET'S MOVE THE NEEDLE ON A RUSSIAN INVESTIGATION.

Continue to put the pressure on your MOC to initiate a bipartisan, independent investigation into Trump/Russia ties. Stories continue to unfold, and Congress needs to act. What we learned this week:

White House officials had sought the help of the FBI and other agencies investigating the Russia matter to say that recent media reports indicating ties between the Trump administration and Russia were wrong and that there had been no contacts. The FBI refused.

There were reports this week that a dossier on Donald Trump's psychological makeup is being prepared for Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Politicians claim that Trump's lawyer pushed pro-Russia deal for Ukraine.

ELECTIONS TO KEEP AN EYE ON

The Democratic National Committee elections for new officers will take place this Saturday in Atlanta. Need a cheat sheet on the DNC candidates? Washington Monthly has one.

RISE founder, Andy Kim, will be in attendance and is speaking on a panel introducing the 'New Frontier of the Resistance' to DNC leaders. Other new organizations include Arena Summit, Swing Left, Sister District, Women's March, Resist Trump Tuesdays, and Run for Something. From the New York Times, Out of Power, Democrats Hope to Harness Trump Resisters.

Delaware - don't forget you have a special election this weekend for the 10th District State Senate seat. Democrats will lose control of the Delaware State Senate if they lose one more seat to Republicans, making this weekend's election crucial. The district is very close, won by an incumbent Democrat in 2014 by only 267 votes.

Georgia's 6th Congressional District special election to replace HHS Secretary Tom Price is a race to watch. The district carried Trump by just 1 point. Candidates are throwing their hats in the ring and will have an initial race on April 18, with the top 2 finishers facing off in a runoff on June 20.

WHAT ACTUALLY HAPPENED THIS WEEK?

We Have a New National Security Adviser Appointee
Trump appointed Army Lt. Gen. H.R. McMaster as his new national security adviser after other candidates turned down the position.

RISE Founder, Andy Kim, shares this note about Lt. Gen. H.R. McMaster: “I served alongside H.R. McMaster in Afghanistan and I got to know him very well during the war. He was focused on trying to root out the political corruption that was crippling the Afghan government and hurting the Afghan people. I remember him to be someone who was anchored in his beliefs and values, and he was willing to say things even if he knew others would disagree. I served as an advisor to General Petraeus and General Allen, and remember McMaster as one of the few I could always count on to provide unvarnished assessments to the Commander. He now has arguably the hardest job in the government. For the sake of our nation, I wish him courage and strength."

Crackdown on Immigration; States Rally Against the Orders with a Refusal to Enforce.
A new immigration order came out this week. The enforcement plan is aggressive, and will expand the number of immigrants prioritized for deportations. The memos include publicizing crimes by immigrants; enlisting local police officers as enforcers; stripping immigrants of privacy rights; erecting new detention facilities; discouraging asylum seekers; and hastening the pace of deportations. Note that as of now, the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals Note that as of now, the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) which protects young undocumented immigrants brought to the US as children, will remain intact. {What you need to know from the LA Times; The differences in Obama era and Trump era immigration policies}

Official data from the Department of Homeland Security estimates that just over 11 million unauthorized immigrants live in the US, making up about 3% of the population.

Trump is describing his administration's moves to deport undocumented immigrants as a "military operation," saying "We're getting really bad dudes out of this country, and at a rate that nobody's ever seen before...And they're the bad ones. And it's a military operation."

A few of the cities and states limiting or refusing support: Washington, Illinois, New York City, Connecticut.

Trump Breaks Promise to Protect LGBTQ Community
On June 14, 2016, Trump pledged to “fight for" the LGBTQ community. This week, he broke that promise. The Departments of Education, at the direction of Trump, withdrew guidance that required schools to treat transgender boys and girls like other boys and girls under Title IX, the 1972 federal law that prohibits sex discrimination in education.

THE IMPACT OF THESE POLICIES ARE REAL

Trump's federal hiring freeze forces two Army bases to close child care programs.

For months, members of the Sioux Tribe, as well as thousands of activists, have been protesting the completion of the Dakota Access Pipeline at the #noDAPL camp in Standing Rock. The Standing Rock demonstration was one of the largest environmental protests in U.S. history. Yesterday, the last of the protestors were cleared, making way for total demolition of the site. After nearly a year of protest over the Dakota Access Pipeline, construction on the pipeline, which will carry oil from the Bakken fields in western North Dakota, resumed this month.

PAT YOURSELF ON THE BACK

Keep. Showing. Up.
“The so-called angry crowds in home districts of some Republicans are actually, in numerous cases, planned out by liberal activists. Sad!" tweets Trump.

Conservative news outlet, National Review, warns readers, “If these demonstrations are happening in districts throughout the country, attention must be paid."

Rep. Leonard Lance (R-NJ), “I always try to speak truthfully. I believe, for example, that those at my town hall meeting last night were not paid."

Republicans Accuse Protesters of Organizing for Political Change

POLICY FOCUS: THE ENVIRONMENT

Care about the environment but unsure how to engage? Look no further. Need more information? Read RISE's Environment & Energy Summary - Week 4 in the Trump Admin. (From the RISE Stronger Environment and Energy Policy working group.)

What to read: Scott Pruitt, new head of the EPA, released thousands of emails due to a OK court order. According to a Oklahoma judge, Pruitt had been illegally withholding his correspondence, which is public record under state law, for the last two years. Many concerns were voiced prior to his nomination, and the newly released emails raise additional concerns about Pruitt's ties to the fossil fuel industry.

What to do: Voice your concerns about the Keystone XL pipeline by commenting on TransCanada's application.
Call your Senators to oppose the use of the Congressional Review Act to rollback DOI's methane regulations.

What questions to ask your MOC:
1) What major environmental issues do you see in our district/state and what are you doing to advance these causes?
2) Accidental or unnecessary release of fossil fuels contributes to climate change, regardless of where methane leaks happen, and therefore affects our district/state. Do you support the use of the Congressional Review Act to rollback DOI's methane regulations?
3) Now that Scott Pruitt is Administrator of the EPA, what will you do to defend the agency?

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