Mo Menu April 16
Welcome to a new week, fellow Indivisibles!
The big news in Missouri this week was the release of an explosive 25-page report from the special House investigative committee on the Governor's alleged behavior during an extramarital affair in 2015. The report sent shockwaves through the state as it painted a picture of the Governor as a violent and coercive sexual assaulter, allegations much more severe and disturbing than previously known. The Governor attempted to defend himself by blaming the victim and describing the investigation as a partisan "witch hunt," echoing language used earlier in the week by President Trump who was lamenting his own legal troubles. Read more on the Greitens report, its fallout, and the growing chorus of legislators and donors calling for the Governor's immediate resignation in our Missouri News Roundup. You can also visit our friends at Indivisible Missouri for a call script to demand that impeachment proceedings against the Governor begin immediately.
At the federal level, tensions continue to rise as the Mueller investigation continues and the Trump administration launches missiles at Syria.
- The U.S., along with the U.K. and France, launched missiles targeting chemical weapons sites in Syria.
- Amid mounting pressure on Trump's lawyer, Michael Cohen, and the release of James Comey's memoir, speculation continues that Trump may be thinking of firing Special Counsel Robert Mueller or Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein.
These two issues form the core of our federal calls to action this week. In addition:
- Paul Ryan announced that he will not seek reelection in 2018.
- The challenge of being black in America was highlighted by two incidents this week: a teenager was shot at while asking for directions and two patrons were arrested at Starbucks on trespassing charges.
Even though every day is starting to feel like a Friday evening news dump, we're ready to take action. Ready?
Take action with others! Build energy and connection among like-purposed people.
Address Internal Racism: Explore how internalized white supremacy manifests in our own lives and in society at large by attending Showing Up for Racial Justice KC's April mass meeting today, April 16, from 7pm - 8:30pm at St. Mark Hope and Peace Lutheran, 3800 Troost Avenue. New to SURJ? If so, please attend SURJ 101 30 minutes before the event. Find out what whiteness is and start naming it.
Calls to Action
Take action on your own schedule! Use your phone and computer to make your voice heard.
Special Counsel Mueller Investigation
In the past week, Trump and his spokespeople have openly flirted with the possibility of firing Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, who oversees Mueller's investigation. If he were to do so, it would be a severe strike against our democracy and the rule of law. Once again, there is much that Congress can do if it chooses to, from withholding consent in the Senate to reject nominations to passing legislation that would protect the Special Counsel.
First, call your Members of Congress to demand action to prevent this crisis from ever taking place (see our helpful MoC phone number directory below!). Then, review the plan of action if Trump should fire Rosenstein or Mueller.
Are you ready to take to the streets? Find your rapid response event at trumpisnotabovethelaw.org
Attacks in Syria
Assad's use of chemical weapons against civilian targets is shocking, and the urge to do something is strong and just. However, with no strategy and no Congressional approval, Trump's escalation is irresponsible and flies in the face of our nation's laws. Our Members of Congress MUST act as a coequal branch of government and step up to their responsibilities in a time of conflict.
Congress has many options available to them to act in the defense of the Syrian people. Click here for additional information and a call script to demand YOUR elected officials rise to their Constitutional and humanitarian obligations.
As always - keep writing, keep calling, and keep showing the world your passion and your power.
As Angela Davis said, "I am no longer accepting the things I cannot change. I am changing the things I cannot accept."
We'll see you out there -
|Member of Congress||Phone Number|
|Senator Blunt||(202) 224-5721|
|Senator McCaskill||(202) 224-6154|
|Representative Cleaver||(202) 225-4535|
|Representative Graves||(202) 225-7041|
|Representative Hartzler||(202) 224-5721|