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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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Feb 2, US of Resistance: Dream Act Legislation Exists - Let's Get it out of Committee​

Three Days Left to Protect Workers' Earned TipsThe Department of Labor wants to make tip pooling legal again. That means restaurant owners could collect servers' tips and redistribute them as they see fit — including taking them for themselves. They have proposed removing critical language from labor regulations establishing that all tips belong to the person who earned them. You have until February 5 to comment. Submit your comments through the Federal Register.See the full newsletter here: https://mailchi.mp/risestronger/us-resistance-2-2-18
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The Week in Science & Technology: Congress Reaches Budget Deal; President Proposes FY19 Budget

What you can doIf you are attending the AAAS Annual Meeting in Austin, TX, this week, join us on Saturday evening (February 17) for the 8th Annual Science Policy Shindig.Participate in the February 27 Internet Day of Action, aimed at getting #OneMoreVote to pass a Senate resolution restoring Net Neutrality.Join FreePress and the National Digital Inclusion Alliance in taking action to stop the FCC from curtailing its Lifeline program, a source of support for phone and Internet service for low-income households.Sign up for this year's March for Science, on April 14. No satellite march near you? Start one!Budget deal raises spending caps, but FY18 appropriations still to be determined On February 9, President Trump signed the Bipartisan Budget Act, which ended an overnight government shutdown, raised the debt ceiling,increased spending caps, and includes a continuing resolution to fund the government through March 23. The bill ends sequestration for FY18 and FY19 by raising the spendi...
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The Week in Science & Technology: Government Reopens After Shutdown, but Feb. 8 Deadline Looms; Senate Moves Nominations Forward; Republicans Target NIEHS Director

What you can doContact members of Congress to support restoration of net neutrality: Fight for the Future | Public KnowledgeShutdown ends with government funded through February 8, but more interruptions possible For the fourth time this year, the Republican-controlled Congress failed to pass a budget for FY18. The three previous times, a temporary continuing resolution was passed before the deadline to continue funding the government at current levels. However, no such deal was reached before January 19, causing a federal government shutdown, which ended three days later, with a deal that funded the Children's Health Insurance program for six years but postponed any action on immigration policy. However, the newest continuing resolution to fund the government runs out on February 8, risking another shutdown. An estimate of worker furloughs and office closures, based on the effects of the 2013 shutdown, shows their potential effects on science agencies: 95% of Environmental Protect...
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January 26, 2018 United States of Resistance Digest

This week, three shootings took place at schools in Texas, New Orleans, and Kentucky. Far too many students were killed and injured. Our hearts go out to the families of those who were killed, but as we all know, thoughts and prayers don't change legislation. Advocacy does. Gun safety legislation can come from municipalities, states, and the federal government. Just this week, Denver City Council passed a measure that will make it illegal to sell, carry, store or possess bump stocks. Here are a handful of organizations to look to for leadership on issues of gun safety -- and many of them have local chapters. Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence | Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America | Everytown | Americans for Responsible Solutions | Law Center to Prevent Gun ViolenceSee the full newsletter here: http://mailchi.mp/risestronger/us-resistance-1-24-18
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January 19, 2018 United States of Resistance Digest

This Weekend: Women's March, Power to the PollsOn January 21, 2017, five million women, femes and allies across the world joined forces for the largest single day mass demonstration in U.S. history. Since then, the Women's March has built a resilient, nationwide infrastructure to mobilize the resistance through intersectional coalition building and grassroots activism. On January 21, 2018, Women's March will hold a mass mobilization in Las Vegas, Nevada, to show this administration that women are not backing down. See the full newsletter here: http://mailchi.mp/risestronger/us-resistance-1-18-101267
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The Week in Science & Technology: Funding Showdown May Lead to Government Shutdown; GOP Tax Plan Passes; Net Neutrality Push Continues in Senate; Political Interference at Interior and CDC

This first edition of The Week in Science & Technology for 2018 covers events since our last edition (roughly the last month).What you can doJoin Fight for the Future in opposing the FCC's net neutrality repeal. Sign the petition posted by the March for Science to restore the nation's commitment to science.Time running out on government funding resolution; shutdown possibleOn December 21, Congress passed a continuing resolution to fund the government through January 19, but a longer-term spending bill remained out of reach -- risking a government shutdown -- after an angry outburst by President Trump imperiled a bipartisan immigration reform plan. A shutdown, such as the one in 2013, would temporarily suspend most government-funded research services, and would impact NASA, the National Science Foundation, the National Institutes of Health, and other federal agencies that award and manage research grants and informational websites. GOP tax plan passes, with uncertain effects on r...
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January 12, 2018 United States of Resistance Digest

Yesterday, President Trump sent yet another ripple of intolerance around the world after complaining about people from Haiti and Africa and asking why the United States should accept immigrants from "shithole countries." RISE Stronger condemns Mr. Trump's statement. His statements are divisive and full of hatred and bigotry. This is not the America we know, and not the leadership we need. We are deeply disappointed and call on the President to apologize and denounce his remarks. See the full newsletter here: http://mailchi.mp/risestronger/us-resistance-1-12-18
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