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The Week in Science & Technology: FY18 Budget Increases STEM Funding; CDC Head Has Tainted Past; Congress and EPA Seek to Restrict Science-Based Policymaking

What you can do We're happy to announce our new partnership with Science Rising, a national mobilization effort to keep science and scientists involved in the political decision-making process. They will be publicizing local pro-science events and activities as we approach the 2018 midterm elections. Check them out at their website or join the conversation on Twitter (#ScienceRising). The April 14 March for Science in Washington, DC, is also sponsoring satellite marches around the world. On April 20 and 21, 314 Action will hold a training session in Chicago for STEM professionals interested in running for office. Change.org is circulating a petition to allow wireless users to block robocalls (see article below). Omnibus spending bill includes large research funding increase On March 23, despite earlier threats of a last-minute veto, President Trump signed the $1.3 trillion omnibus spending bill passed by Congress for FY18. Because of a February 2018 agreement...
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Enough, US of Resistance March 23, 2018

To read the full US of Resistance digest from March 23, 2018, visit https://mailchi.mp/risestronger/us-resistance-3-23-101499Tomorrow, We March!On March 24, the kids and families of March For Our Lives will take to the streets of Washington DC to demand that their lives and safety become a priority and that we end gun violence and mass shootings in our schools today.So far, more than 830 marches are planned worldwide. Find a march near you: https://event.marchforourlives.com/event/march-our-lives-events/search/.This weekend, be sure to tag @RISE_Stronger with your #MarchforourLives photos.McCabe Out. McMasters Out. Dowd Out.Three key individuals were ousted from Washington this week. 1) FBI Deputy Director, Andrew McCabe, was fired for "lack of candor." McCabe was fired after the DOJ's inspector general concluded that McCabe misled investigators looking into how Justice Department and FBI officials handled matters associated with the 2016 presidential election. As always, there's mo...
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Help Get a National Walkout Headcount: US of Resistance March 16, 2018

To read the full US of Resistance digest from March 16, 2018, visit http://mailchi.mp/risestronger/us-resistance-3-16-101471Help Us Get a National Walkout HeadcountThe Women's March Youth Empower team is collecting information on the number of students who participated in the Walkout on March 14th, 2018. Please click on the link so we can can get an accurate count for the day!A Look at Trump's Infrastructure Plan Check out the above video from Our Next 4 Years: Trump's #InfrastructureScam doesn't serve our communities, it only helps make his friends richer. Luckily the Democrats have a real plan to invest in clean water, safe schools, good roads and more while creating #MillionsOfJobs in the process. Call your elected officials. Tell them to #Resist the GOP infrastructure plan! http://bit.ly/2EpsA6UImmigration UpdateLawmakers are deciding how much money to give to Trump's deportation force in the spending bill. The Trump administration is asking for $21.5 billion funds for a border ...
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Say No to Offshore Drilling by Midnight! US of Resistance, March 9, 2018

Read the full United States of Resistance digest for March 9, 2018: http://mailchi.mp/risestronger/us-resistance-3-9-101447Offshore Drilling Public Comment Closes TONIGHT at Midnight!To submit your comments, go to TinyURL.com/KillTheDrills, and click Comment Now. The comment period closes tonight, March 9, at midnight.From Action Together New Jersey, some quick reasons why NOT to support offshore drilling:- there isn't enough oil off our coasts to justify the pollution risk; - over 130,000 marine animals would be harmed, threatened or killed by the seismic testing alone, including endangered North American Right Whales; - the American Wind Energy Association estimates conservatively that 4,000 GW of untapped offshore wind power exists off American coasts - we could build wind turbines instead, put people to work, and gain the energy independence without the pollution;- start to finish, drilling for oil offshore would exacerbate human-accelerated climate change.SCRIPT HELP: For more ...
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The Week in Science & Technology: Budget Deadline Approaches; OSTP Reports on Trump’s First Year; Trump Blocks Broadcom-Qualcomm Deal

What you can doOn March 24, March For Our Lives will hold its main march in Washington, DC, along with more than 700 events worldwide, to demand action against gun violence. The April 14 March for Science in Washington, DC, is also sponsoring satellite marches around the world.On April 20 and 21, 314 Action will hold a training session in Chicago for STEM professionals interested in running for office. FY18 budget deadline approachesCongress is reportedly making progress toward passing the FY18 budget, though it will need to pass its budget or a temporary continuing resolution by March 23 to avoid another government shutdown. Congress has already faced this deadline five times this year, and each time delayed the process by passing a continuing resolution. The last two deadlines led to brief government shutdowns as well. In response to the ongoing dysfunction in the congressional budget process, the Bipartisan Budget Act passed in February created a Joint Select Committee on Budget ...
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The Week in Science & Technology: ISS Privatization Proposal Draws Opposition; Net Neutrality Battle Heats Up; NSF to Close Three Overseas Offices

What you can do March for Science is planning a one-year-anniversary march in Washington, DC, and in locations around the world on April 14, and is also calling for the end of restrictions on gun violence research. Administration proposes controversial plan to privatize ISS The Trump administration's FY19 budget proposal, released on February 12, would end federal support for the International Space Station (ISS) after 2024, and the administration now--and controversially--favors fully privatizing its functions. In a February 20 letter to acting NASA administrator Robert Lightfoot and Office of Management and Budget Mick Mulvaney, Senators Ted Cruz (R-TX) and Bill Nelson (D-FL) expressed concerns about the end of support, and are still awaiting details of NASA's transition plan for the ISS. Retired NASA astronaut and ISS veteran Leroy Chiao also slammed the privatization proposal in a February 22 op-ed, citing the importance of the ISS to U.S. leadership in basic space ...
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I Will Vote, Will You: US of Resistance, March 2, 2018

Read the full United States of Resistance digest for March 2, 2018: https://mailchi.mp/risestronger/us-resistance-3-2-18Who's in Bed with the NRA?ThinkProgress asked more than two dozen corporations that offer incentives to NRA members whether they plan to continue their relationships with the gun lobby. A growing number of those companies have ended their relationship with the NRA since this list was initially published. The above image is the latest as of March 1, 2018. More from ThinkProgress.I Will Vote -- Will You?If we want America's government to reflect our values, each and every one of us must play a role in shaping it — and that means voting. Commit to vote at www.IWillVote.com.
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A New Wave of Energy: 2.23.18 US of Resistance

The full digest is here: http://mailchi.mp/risestronger/us-resistance-2-23-... -- A summary is below.ThinkProgress asked 22 corporations that the NRA says offer incentives to NRA members whether they plan to continue their relationships with the gun lobby. Four of those companies have ended their relationship with the NRA since this list was initially published. Here's the list of companies that work with the NRA. Gun Violence ResourcesLast week, we shared a lot of resources on gun violence prevention. Today, we wanted to make sure we shared information on those groups working on gun violence issues in marginalized communities. Because of the amount of content, we have created a separate post on our website. The resource list is available here. In the meantime, here are a few groups to follow, plus many more on our website:MomsRising.org, Live Free, National Domestic Violence Hotline, GVPedia, CJR: Coalition for Justice and RespectThe organizations we listed last week include: Every...
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Gun Violence Resources - Marginalized Communities

We shared a lot of resources on gun violence prevention last week. Today, we wanted to make sure we shared information on those groups working on gun violence issues in marginalized communities. This is a long post, so please bare with us. Existing/New Collaborative Efforts: Camp Solutions + Peacemaker Partnership Trainings- in 2018 we will host two types of trainings: Camp Solutions and the Peacemaker Partnership Trainings. Camp Solutions will be 4 (potentially more) large scale 1.5 day advocacy trainings camp for ANYONE who wants to become an advocate on gun violence prevention policy, organizing, or running for office. These free trainings will include tracks on civic engagement, leadership development, and an electoral lens of advocating for gun reform. We are working with some of the folks who developed the Camp Wellstone model and will have a curriculum that is a take away for people who attend. If you are interested in co-hosting or partnering with us, please let m...
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Feb 8, US of Resistance: The Budget: The good, the bad, and everything in between

Congress Keeps the Government Open. What's that Mean?Congress came to an agreement early this morning hat will fund the government through March 23, to give congressional staff the time to write bigger appropriations bills that would actually fund the federal government, under the parameters set by the new budget caps.Here's what's in the bill, according to CNN.Short-term funding bill to March 23Boosts federal spending for both defense and nondefense programs by $300 billion over the next two years and will suspend the debt ceiling for one year$90 billion in disaster aid for Texas, Florida, California, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands$6 billion to address the opioid crisis4-year extension of the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP)More than $7 billion for community health centers$5.8 billion for the bipartisan Child Care Development Block Grant.$4 billion towards the Veterans Administration to rebuild and improve veterans hospitals and clinics.$2 billion towards researc...
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