Wednesday, April 26, 2017

ACTION: Call To Say No To Trump's Military Games

**CALL TO ACTION**
Wednesday, April 26, 2017
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SAY NO TO TRUMP’S DANGEROUS MILITARY GAMES
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History is full of leaders like Trump, who rise to power by demonizing ethnic groups and “foreign enemies.” They lie freely, round up their “enemies within,” install ONLY loyal friends and family in positions of power, and condemn the press or anyone else who dares criticize. Then, they build up the military and start wars.

--Launching missiles, dropping “yuge” bombs, and fake-deploying armadas have no real impact on the misery of millions in the Middle East and North Korea, and pose a grave danger to world stability.

--Unfortunately, the press and public—including our MOC’s—tend to applaud aggressive military actions—as long as the target is a “bad guy.” http://bit.ly/2ntOvFK

--Ceding power to generals endangers a crucial US constitutional principle: elected civilian control of the military.

Today, all US Senators will attend an unprecedented 3pm White House briefing on North Korea. The real message? If you are not for Trump—and his budget riders demanding billions for Defense, and ICE detention camps—then you are for the “bad guys.”

Many Oregon MOC’s have decried Trump’s dangerous militarism; yet most applauded the Syria missile strike, with Peter DeFazio a notable exception http://bit.ly/2pjJkIg. (Others: Wyden http://bit.ly/2q3DKHZ; Merkley http://bit.ly/2oVXbBK; Blumenauer http://bit.ly/2qcRtuX). It is URGENT that we let our MOC’s—red or blue-- know that WE see through Trump’s dangerous game. We want them to have the courage to do the same.

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**ACTION 1:  CALL BOTH OUR US SENATORS**
The most effective calls include a personal story about how this issue affects YOU. Do you know others who are survivors of ethno-nationalism? Do you fear for your own safety? Why?

FEEL FREE TO ADAPT THIS SCRIPT:
“My name is [--], a constituent from [city], Oregon. I would like to thank Senator [--] for his opposition to Trump’s war-mongering. However, Trump’s demand that our Senators attend a North Korea briefing today is a ploy to coerce support for increased Defense spending.  I’m asking Senator [--] to refuse to be manipulated. I want him to REFUSE to pass a budget resolution with such perilous conditions attached.  Also, I  want him to speak out NOW to demand Congressional oversight of any further military actions.

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**ACTION 2:  CALL YOUR US REPRESENTATIVE**
Find yours: http://www.house.gov/representatives/find/

Consider sharing a personal story about how this issue affects YOU.

FEEL FREE TO ADAPT THIS SCRIPT:
“My name is [--], a constituent from [city], Oregon. Trump’s demand that our Senators attend a North Korea briefing today—with another planned for the House-- is an obvious ploy to coerce support for huge spending increases for Defense. Representative [--] should refuse to be manipulated. I want [him/her] to refuse to pass a budget with such dangerous conditions attached. Also, I want [her/him] to speak out NOW to demand Congressional oversight of any further military actions.

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**ACTION 3**
Call, text, and email your friends and family in other states to do the same!. “share” or copy / paste this action!

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**PHONE NUMBERS**

SENATOR MERKLEY
Portland: (503) 326-3386,  DC: 202) 224-3753
Salem: (503) 362-8102, Eugene: (541) 465-6750
Medford: (541) 608-9102, Bend: (541) 318-1298
Pendleton: (541) 278-1129

SENATOR WYDEN
Portland: (503) 326-7525, DC: (202) 224-5244
Salem: (503) 589-4555, Eugene: (541) 431-0229
Medford: (541) 858-5122, Bend: (541) 330-9142

CONGRESSWOMAN SUZANNE BONAMICI [D1]
DC: (202) 225-0855, OR: (503) 469-6010

CONGRESSMAN GREG WALDEN [D2]
DC (202) 225-6730, Medford: (541) 776-4646,
Bend (541) 389-4408, LaGrande (541) 624-2400

CONGRESSMAN EARL BLUMENAUER [D3]
DC: (202) 225-4811, OR: (503) 231-2300

CONGRESSMAN PETER DEFAZIO [D4]
DC 202-225-6416, Eugene: (541) 465-6732,
Roseburg: (541) 440-3523, Coos Bay (541) 269-2609

CONGRESSMAN KURT SCHRADER [D5]
DC: (202) 225-5711, Salem (503) 588-9100,
Oregon City (503) 557-1324

** After you call, please comment below and briefly share your experience!**

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-northkorea-nuclear-usa-senate-idUSKBN17Q1LR

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