|It’s been over two weeks since the students of Stoneman Douglas High School lives’ changed because of a horrific mass shooting. And after losing 17 classmates and teachers, they sprung into action to advocate to stop gun violence in Congress’ absence. And they’re not. slowing. down.
Within days, youth organized events across the country. Between Women’s March Youth EMPOWER on March 14, March for Our Lives in Washington DC on March 24, and National School Walkout on April 20 (look at all the walkouts they’ve registered!!), something is definitely different about this moment.
This week alone, the Illinois legislature (with the help of their local Indivisible groups!) approved a bill to raise the minimum age to buy assault-style weapons to 21. Two of the country’s leading gun retailers, Dick’s Sporting Goods and Walmart, publicly announced that they’ll raise their minimum age for firearm purchase to 21, and they will no longer sell assault-style weapons.
Everywhere, people are waking up to the rallying cry for change because of the bold action young people, and their families, are taking. Policies must change and this moment won’t just pass by like others have. Too many lives have been lost, we cannot afford to let inaction go on any longer.
In order to keep this momentum going, we need you to keep pressure on your members of Congress (MoCs). Here’s what you need to know:
- Congress is considering making mass shootings easier, instead of working to prevent them. Tell your MoCs: don’t pass the Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act.
- This is the top priority of the NRA and would require states to recognize the gun laws of other states. That means that gun owners from states with minimal restrictions would be able to legally carry their weapons a-n-y-w-h-e-r-e.
- This bill has already passed the House and the Senate is expected to bring it up this year. Read our resource on the Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act and contact your Senators before this bill comes up for a vote.
This week on Capitol Hill
- A bipartisan group of senators is trying to stop Trump’s war in Yemen. Senators Mike Lee and Bernie Sanders introduced S.J.Res. 54 using a procedure under the War Powers Resolution to force a vote on the Senate floor to declare US participation in the Yemen war unauthorized. The vote will happen in the next few days, so call your senators today and demand they support S.J.Res. 54.
- This Monday is the “DACA Cliff” when more Dreamers will lose protections. Even though a court ordered the government to continue accepting DACA renewals, the number of recipients losing protections will dramatically increase on Monday. We support the efforts of Dreamer-led organizations like United We Dream demanding relief for Dreamers, who will hold events in DC and around the country. The next opportunity for Congress to provide relief for Dreamers will be on March 23 when they need to fund the government (yet again). See our resource on how you can be an immigrant ally.
- Republicans and Democrats are teaming up… to deregulate Wall Street. (Seriously.) In a follow-up to the #GOPTaxScam, the Senate is trying to deregulate Wall Street in the form of S. 2155. This “Bank Lobbyist Act” will make it easier for discrimination in home lending to go unnoticed, end key consumer protections for homebuyers, and put us at risk of another financial crisis. You can use our resource and call script to call your Senator and tell them to vote no on S. 2155.
This week’s Trump Threat Level
- Jared Kushner’s business interests are a national security risk. Bob Mueller’s team has been asking witnesses for details regarding Kushner’s discussions with foreign country’s financing for his business. This comes after revelations that several nations have discussed how they can use Kushner’s business interests to manipulate him.
- A key U.S. diplomat overseeing North Korea policy has retired.Joseph Yun, the U.S. Special Representative for North Korea Policy, announced he would be retiring effective March 2. His departure is the latest in a staggering exodus of personnel from the State Department since Trump took office that has drained our nation’s diplomatic capacity, even as Trump creates new crises seemingly every week.
- Trump wants to sell nuclear reactors to Saudi Arabia, even though the kingdom will not accept critical restrictions intended to prevent the proliferation of nuclear weapons.
Visit trumpthreatlevel.indivisible.org for a running list of all the ways Trump makes us less safe and our latest foreign policy resources.
248 days until the blue wave hits
This Tuesday, the midterm elections kick off as Texas holds it’s first-in-the-nation primary. We’re ready to get to work on elections, and we know you are too. Here’s what you can do to get started (unless you’re in Texas, you should vote on Tuesday!):
→ Visit our one-stop-shop (well, website) for your elections needs at indivisible435.org. We have resources to help you demystify elections, learn more about voting rights and voter suppression, and much, much more.
→ Make sure you’re registered to vote! This is so, so, so important. We’ve set up a tool on our website to make it super easy to get registered. Once you’re done registering, make sure all your family and friends are registered, too!
→ Find your local Indivisible Group now. Building power starts on your home turf. Get connected to your local Indivisible leaders to get engaged and get ready to take back Congress on November 6!
In 2017, we changed politics. In 2018, we can change elections. Let’s get to work!
The Indivisible Team