Non-profits Canceling Events at Mar-a-Lago

The Salvation Army, the American Red Cross, and the American Cancer Societe have joined a growing numbers of organizations canceling plans to hold fundraising events at Trump's Mar-a-Lago Club in Palm Beach. Read details in Drew Harwell's and David A. Fahrenthold's August 18 Washington Post article by clicking on the title above or the source URL below.

Defend DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals)

Extremist Republicans have threatened to sue if Trump doesn’t kill DACA by September 5th. Over 1,000,000 people are covered under DACA and TPS (Temporary Protective Status). These programs enable people to work, go to school, provide for their families, be protected from deportation, and gives many peace of mind. The clock is ticking and it’s time for us to take a stand! Click on the title above or the source URL below to make calls to these elected officials.

Also, there will be an event supporting DACA at 12 noon on Wednesday, August 16, at the Walnut Creek City Hall, 1666 North Main Street, Walnut Creek.

Condemn the Violence that Took Place in Charlottesville

Here are two small steps each of us can take this Sunday morning in America. By sending this petition out far and wide nationwide, each of our small steps will become a united voice. Please join us in signing the petition and donating to the Southern Poverty Law Center in the fight against hate and injustice.

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From Barbara Lee, Congresswoman for the 13th District of California:

Friend -

Yesterday Virginia's governor declared a state of emergency after violent white nationalists flooded the city of Charlottesville to protest the planned removal of a Confederate statue. Following this awful tragedy, three people are dead and dozens more are injured. My condolences are with the families and all who were impacted by yesterday's acts of racism and violence.

Let me be very clear: Donald Trump's presidency has emboldened the forces of hate and bigotry that we saw on display in Virginia this weekend. This should come as no surprise after Trump gave Steve Bannon, a leader of the alt-right movement, a prominent position in the White House.

Racism and hate have no place in the White House, or our country as a whole. I need your help today to send a message that we will not tolerate the bigotry of white nationalists who are invigorated by Trump.

Add your name to mine today to send a powerful message that the American people condemn the violence and bigoted behavior that took place in Charlottesville, Virginia, this weekend.

When the president has a leader of the alt-right advising him in the White House, it sends a message to white nationalist groups that they are no longer fringe. They now have a seat at the table.

The violence of white supremacists in Charlottesville, Virginia, is not only unacceptable, it is dangerous. It sets an unsettling precedent for what's to come during Trump's administration, which is why it is so important that we come together to speak out against it.

Add your name to stand with me against the forces of bigotry, violence, and hate that white nationalist groups brought to Charlottesville, Virginia this weekend.

In this moment, I am reminded of the mission of the Southern Poverty Law Center: fighting hate, teaching tolerance and seeking justice. We must adopt this approach in our own lives, each and every day. It will require all of us doing our part to resist the resurgence of white nationalism under Trump.

America is better than this. Thank you for standing with us to fight back.

Onward,
    Barbara Lee

P.S. The rising tide of hatred is a reality we must continue to grapple with, even at our highest levels of government. Make a $3 contribution today to join me in the fight against the resurgence of white supremacy under Trump.

California's Democratic Party's Leadership Fight

A bitter party leadership fight in the bluest of blue states signals the challenges Democrats face as they debate how to seize back power nationally. Read details in Adam Nagourney's August 9 New York Times article by clicking on the title above or the source URL below.

Losing Our Minds...

Read a longish, provocative piece on how America has come to a state where language such as “alternative facts” and “post-truth” can even exist—let alone be upheld by many as reasonable—in Kurt Andersen's article in the September issue of The Atlantic by clicking on the title above or the source URL below.
 

Draft Climate Report

The National Academy of Sciences has approved a draft report concerning developments in climate change. Thirteen federal agencies collaborated on the report. What will Trump do to it? Read one possibility in Lisa Friedman's August 7 New York Times article by clicking on the title above or the source URL below.

To read the draft of the Climate Change Report, visit www.nytimes.com/interactive/2017/08/07/climate/document-Draft-of-the-Climate-Science-Special-Report.html?emc=eta1.

"Weather Extremes"

The Administration has been trying to change the English language since January 20, 2017. Examples at the Department of Agriculture include: climate change to be referred to as “weather extremes”; reduce greenhouse gases to be referred to as “build soil organic matter, increase nutrient use efficiency.”  Read details in Oliver Milman's August 7 the Guardian article by clicking on the title above or the source URL below.

Supporting ACA Improvements

OP-ED columnist Paul Krugman thinks that the idea of Congress passing single payer health care in the near future is an unattainable reach in this country. Krugman believes that we must, instead, improve upon the Affordable Care Act (ACA) until the day that single payer is possible here. Read more in 's August 7 New York Times article by clicking on the title above or the source URL below.

Tom Tarantino—Candidate for Assembly District 16

Tom Tarantino is a vet who grew up in San Anselmo and is not a Walnut Creek resident. He is running for State Assembly in the Contra Costa-Alameda District 16. He worked in Washington D.C. as Chief Policy Officer of Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America. Tarantino is on Twitter's global public policy team and leads Twitter's global crisis response program. Read more in Joe Garofoli's article in the August 3 San Francisco Chronicle by clicking on the title above or the source URL below.

Trump Twitter Fan a Bot?

Perhaps a Trump tweet fan is a Russian bot. Given the kinds of people Trump has chosen for staff, cabinet secretaries, CIA director, etc., tweeter “Nicole Mincey” could well be an American bot. Disinformation is not solely a Russian practice. Read details in in Abby Phillip's August 7 Washington Post article by clicking on the title above or the source URL below.