Are Protesters Being Paid? Is Obama Behind The Resistance?

16683849_10208414808353324_1746384067867939448_n There isn’t a payroll or an Obama conspiracy to this organic grassroots #resistance. How do I know?

I know because I’ve watched it grow from the inside. Locally in Raleigh, I’ve seen it blossom from Occupy crowds in 2011 (hundreds), to Moral March crowds in 2013 (thousands), to the Women’s March and HKonJ in 2017 (tens of thousands).

I have met many first-time protesters and heard from many friends that they are making their first calls to Congress.

Most of all, I’ve listened to the concerns of the people who are speaking up:
> They are informed about the Constitutional Crisis we are experiencing, with absurd attacks on the judiciary and a Congress that votes against the will of the majority of Americans.
> They have heard the lies and witnessed the attacks on Muslims, Latinx, and the free press.
> They seethe disgust when they discuss Trump’s unresolved conflicts of interest, payments from foreign governments, hidden tax returns, and the tens of millions already spent on Mar-a-Lago and Trump Tower security.
> They see through the clumsy misdirection on Russia and the treasonous complicity of Republicans who are pretending that the #RussiaGate investigation is complete 2 weeks after Flynn’s resignation, although there have been NO HEARINGS!
> They know the clear and present danger our country faces with an incompetent, reactionary, narcissistic leader who is more focused on posting to Twitter than a raid in Yemen where dozens died.

>  And they know people will die and/or go bankrupt without access to healthcare that the Affordable Care Act provides.

You don’t have to pay people to speak out about these things.

We also hear the put-downs about being “paid protesters” or “violent,” “disruptive,” or “self-involved” when we stand up to defend the rights of others. Still we #PERSIST in defending our Constitution, our Country, and our fellow citizens.

Representatives and voters: Don’t tune out the concerns of millions of activists around the country just because you haven’t seen anything like this before.

You might not agree with our politics, but we are real and independent of the establishment and we are a force to be reckoned with — as you may have already realized.

CALL CONGRESS TODAY – 202-225-3121

#Resist #TheResistance #WeareUnited #ForwardTogether

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I want to say something about the mass deportations.

16387320_10208267967162386_4198230921508368620_nImmigrant families, people who’ve lived here for decades, people with family who are citizens, are being deported to a place where they have no home, no opportunity, no safety.

I have read and heard about how a woman with a brain tumor needing surgery was removed from the hospital even as her condition deteriorated. Mothers separated from their children. Children sick in the detention centers. People are even being removed from restaurants. I heard from a local health department director how pregnant, old, or chronically ill patients are afraid to leave their homes to seek medical care.

These fellow human beings and community members also are vulnerable to exploitation and abuse by others, since they cannot go to the police. Imagine if this was you.

A few days ago, an Indian man was murdered in a hate crime for being an immigrant, and others were injured. Imagine if this was your family.

And now the administration has removed limitations on using private prisons, so the for-profit prison industry, which invested in Trump’s campaign, will see a boon from imprisoned immigrants awaiting deportation.

This is not a humane way, or even a reasonable way, to handle immigration. To me, it’s barbaric.

Aside from the moral questions of compassion, equality, and tolerance, do you care about our ability to invite economy-stimulating tourism and the most talented and innovative workforce?

Claims that immigrants are responsible for crime or siphon wealth away from white people is a fallacy. In fact, the right-leaning American Action Forum estimated that the economic cost of deporting 11 million people is a $1.6 trillion drop in real gross domestic product: https://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2015/03/the-conservative-case-against-enforcing-immigration-laws/387004.  (This study is from 2 years ago, so it definitely wasn’t part of an anti-Trump push.)

It presents a challenging but defining moral question when you hear the call to cast aside fellow human beings…because you can, because white people have “the power” to do so, or because we (meaning our grandparents or great-grandparents) were here first…

Even though we weren’t really first here, were we?

Will you stand up for what’s right?

#ICE #fightignorancenotimmigrants #immigrantsarewelcomehere

#refugeesarewelcomehere #nohatenofear #nobannowall #resist

#istandwithimmigrants

Target these 23 GOP Reps on Trump-Russia Probe – RIGHT NOW

On Tuesday, Feb. 28, 23 Republican members of the House Judiciary Committee plan to put party before country and kill an investigation of Trump-Russia ties and financial conflicts of interest, despite strong support for these investigations among the American people.

Are you going to let the GOP get away with burying Trump’s corruption and possible treason – or ARE YOU GOING TO MAKE SOME NOISE?

Below find the phone number and twitter handle of all 23 Republican members of the House Judiciary Committee.

News reports say Republicans on the committee plan to kill the resolution, stopping it from moving to the House floor. http://ind.pn/2lJRdF9

Will you stand in their way?

This is our chance. Make sure they hear from you and PLEASE SHARE.

#ReleasetheReturns #InvestigateRussia #RESIST

*Remember to state your ZIP Code if you’re a constituent. If not a constituent, call main committee line: 202-225-3951, or the chairman if it’s busy.

Chairman Bob Goodlatte (VA-06)

202-225-5431, @RepGoodlatte

 

Rep. Martha Roby (AL-02)

202-225-2901, @RepMarthaRoby

 

Rep. Trent Franks (AZ-08)

202-225-4576, @RepTrentFranks

 

Rep. Andy Biggs (AZ-05)

202-225-2635, @andybiggs4az

 

Rep. Darrell Issa (CA-49)

202-225-3906, @DarrellIssa

 

Rep. Ken Buck (CO-04)

202-225-4676, @repkenbuck

 

Rep. Ron DeSantis (FL-06)

202-225-2706, @RepDeSantis

 

Rep. Matt Gaetz (FL-01)

202-225-4136, @Rep_Matt_Gaetz

 

Rep. Doug Collins (GA-09)

202-225-9893, @RepDougCollins

 

Rep. Steve King (IA-04)

202.225.4426, @stevekingIA

 

Rep. Raúl Labrador (ID-01)

202-225-6611, @Raul_Labrador

 

Rep. Mike Johnson (LA-04)

202-225-2777, @repmikejohnson

 

Rep. Steve Chabot (OH-01)

202-225-2216, @repstevechabot

 

Rep. Jim Jordan (OH-04)

202-225-2676, @jim_jordan

 

Rep. Tom Marino (PA-10)

202-225-3731, @reptommarino

 

Rep. Trey Gowdy (SC-04)

202-225-6030, @tgowdySC

 

Rep. Lamar Smith (TX-21)

202-225-4236, @lamarsmithTX21

 

Rep. Louie Gohmert (TX-01)

(202) 225-3035, @replouiegohmert

 

Rep. Ted Poe (TX-02)

202-225-6565, @judgetedpoe 

 

Rep. Blake Farenthold (TX-27)

202-225-7742, @farenthold 

 

Rep. John Ratcliffe (TX-04)

202-225-6673, @repratcliffe

 

Rep. Jason Chaffetz (UT-03)

202-225-7751, @jasoninthehouse

 

Rep. Jim Sensenbrenner, Jr. (WI-05)

202-225-5101, @JimPressOffice