Acting Chair Spain-Valencia Chapter and VMF Caucus Steering Committee

  • Passion, commitment, conviction and challenge in the eye of the storm

    Today I am as proud of my USA birthplace and the “…republic for which it stands…” that the founders of the Republic envisioned and created as I have been for a very long time and have a new appreciation for the democratic ideals we enjoy - so far.

    To really understand what is at stake in 2020 I strongly encourage you to listen carefully to the last 14+ minutes of Adam Schiff’s 2:20 hour address to the opening of the impeachment trial.

    http://bit.ly/Schiff-Argument 

    Why - because it is a reminder and a challenge to congress of course BUT also to me and you and there is no way I can say it as clearly as Congressman Schiff does. 

    This new pride does not erase my personal responsibility for the apathy and lack of attention that I have paid in the past to the threats that have been developing over the past several decades. In a very real way, I am responsible too.

    Riding the wave of prosperity, opportunity, education, travel, and abundance I lured myself into accepting the notion that since all was great for me, it must be for all great for others as well.  I did not accept that anything could go wrong - then 2016 . . . . .

    I did not look. I did not see. I intentionally blinded myself to the reality that slowly but surely the wheels were falling off the wagon. I was wowed by the intellect and governing of people like Obama and a congress that seemed to be keeping everything in check and balance.

    I said, "there is nothing for me to do." Sure I bitched and moaned about this tax or that, the steadily increasing gap in income equality, deterioration of education, forever wars that did not involve me in any way.

    Does this sound familiar - no, I mean really - does this ring any bells for you? “We” must now recommit ourselves to fight for who we are due to the democratic freedom we enjoy.

    Now - I / we must act to safeguard the constitution and restore confidence in our government that is so severely eroded.  

    Act now - please, we cannot again be part of the 30% of eligible voters who did not vote due to our apathy. 

    It is not guaranteed.
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  • SPEAK OUT NOW - DEMOCRACY DEMANDS PARTICIPATION

    We are at a historic turning point in our country today. 

    The President of the United States is being tried by the Senate on whether or not to abolish the Impeachment Clause of the Constitution. If a president can categorically deny Congress all witnesses and all documents whenever he feels like it, there is no Impeachment Clause anymore. One of the first steps to ending a democracy and erecting an autocracy is making it legally impossible to remove the head-of-state. 

    A vote to acquit on Contempt of Congress pushes us toward autocracy. By the same token, a vote to acquit on this particular Abuse of Power allegation is a vote in favor of foreign governments getting a say in our elections. So if the Senate GOP votes to acquit on Abuse of Power, your vote just lost 75% of its power. Please understand that.

    Why are we supporting impeachment? And why do many of you? Because we want to live in a “democracy”. We want our votes to matter. And when a president acts like an autocrat, upends rule of law and destroys our electoral process, that president doesn't get to stay in office.

    As Members of Democrats Abroad, we are asking each of you receiving this letter to please

    IF YOU HAVEN'T MADE A CALL TO YOUR SENATOR OR ANY SENATOR YET 

    TODAY WOULD BE A PERFECT DAY TO START.

    Every day "45" remains in office he poses a threat to national and global security.

    The Senate switchboard number is 202 224 3121. Please find below scripts you can follow if you call. ALSO: Resistbot.com is a great way to send a message. You can use Twitter, look up Resistbot and type Resist and you will be ready to send your message. Type Done when you are finished and your message will be sent.

    Talking points courtesy of Seth Abramson, Sandra Odem Dowd, and Indivisible:

    SAMPLE SCRIPT FOR SENATORS: My name is [–] and I’m a constituent from [city], State [zip code]. I am calling because I want to thank the Senator for supporting the impeachment process and speaking out for a fair Senate Impeachment trial. But I’m worried about a cover-up with the Senate trial. I ask that he/she please push for:

    1. Reject the Senate resolution as it’s currently written.

    2. Support witnesses, depositions, and the public release of testimony.

    3. Reject McConnell’s attempt to have this play out in the middle of the night, as it prevents the American people from watching the trial.

    Make sure to tell them that to go forward with the proposed rules is to be complicit in a cover-up more appalling than Watergate, not to mention a violation of the oath they took to protect our democracy and the constitution.

    A SECOND SAMPLE SCRIPT:

    • A fair and just Senate impeachment trial that is held during the light of day, with witnesses and documents.

    • the press to have full access to report on the Senate impeachment trial.

    • If you want a DEMOCRACY, and if you want FREE & FAIR ELECTIONS, your vote on impeachment must be to convict.

    • If you want AUTOCRACY and FOREIGN-RUN ELECTIONS, vote to acquit.

    • The president & enablers extorted a foreign nation for the president's personal gain

    • The president withheld crucial, congressionally mandated military aid from a vulnerable burgeoning democracy as a bargaining chip - demanding that nation publicly spread conspiracy theories and manufacture false claims against a competitor in an upcoming US election

    • Please take a principled stand, put yourself on the right side of history and speak out against the crimes committed by this President.

    If you are inclined, here are the numbers to call McConnell, in Kentucky. The message is to demand he allow TV cameras to cover the impeachment trial, and reporters are allowed in the Senate. Remind him he is supposed to represent all Americans, as this is an issue of national importance. If he can "coordinate" with 45, then he should recuse himself. If we all call, all of these numbers, it may move the needle toward transparency. He has no right to prevent us from seeing what will go in in this trial. We The People demand our representatives represent us, not their own self-interest, or the interests of a possible dictator.

    502-582-6304

    859-224-8286

    859-578-0188

    606-864-2026

    270-781-1673

    270-442-4554

    202-224-2499

    Note. He NEVER answers his DC number.

    Here's the list of moderates, etc....

    SPREAD WIDELY! DEMOCRACY REQUIRES PARTICIPATION. LET’S SPEAK OUT WHILE WE STILL CAN!

    Sen. Lamar Alexander of Tennessee

    https://www.alexander.senate.gov/public/

    https://twitter.com/SenAlexander

    Phone: (202) 224-4944

    Fax: (202) 228-3398

    Chattanooga Office

    Joel E. Soloman Federal Building

    900 Georgia Avenue, #260

    Chattanooga, TN 37402

    Phone: (423) 752-5337

    Fax: (423) 752-5342

    Sen. Roy Blunt of Missouri

    https://www.blunt.senate.gov/

    https://twitter.com/RoyBlunt

    Phone: (202) 224-5721

    Springfield Office

    2740 B East Sunshine

    Springfield, MO 65804

    P: (417) 877-7814

    Sen. Susan Collins of Maine

    https://www.collins.senate.gov/

    https://twitter.com/senatorcollins

    Main: (202)224-2523

    Fax: (202)224-2693

    Augusta Office

    68 Sewall Street, Room 507

    Augusta, ME 04330

    Main: (207) 622-8414

    Sen. Mike Lee of Utah

    https://www.lee.senate.gov/public/

    https://twitter.com/SenMikeLee

    Phone: 202-224-5444

    Fax: 801-524-5730

    Salt Lake City

    Wallace F. Bennett Federal Building

    125 South State, Suite 4225

    Salt Lake City, UT 84138

    Phone: 801-524-5933

    Fax: 801-524-5730

    Sen. Jerry Moran of Kansas

    https://www.moran.senate.gov/public/

    https://twitter.com/jerrymoran

    Phone: (202) 224-6521

    Fax: (202) 228-6966

    Wichita Office

    100 North Broadway

    Suite 210

    Wichita, KS 67202

    Phone: (316) 269-9257

    Fax: (316) 269-9259

    Sen. Lisa Murkowski of Alaska

    https://www.murkowski.senate.gov/

    https://twitter.com/lisamurkowski

    Phone: (202)-224-6665

    Fax: (202)-224-5301

    Anchorage Office

    510 L Street

    Suite 600

    Anchorage, AK 99501

    Phone: (907) 271-3735

    Fax: (877) 857-0322

    Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky

    https://www.paul.senate.gov/

    https://twitter.com/RandPaul

    Phone: 202-224-4343

    Bowling Green

    Main State Office

    1029 State Street

    Bowling Green, KY 42101

    Phone: 270-782-8303

    Sen. Rob Portman of Ohio

    https://www.portman.senate.gov/

    https://twitter.com/senrobportman

    Phone: 202-224-3353

    Columbus Office

    37 West Broad Street , Room 300

    Columbus, OH 43215

    Phone: 614-469-6774

    Sen. Mitt Romney of Utah

    https://www.romney.senate.gov/

    https://twitter.com/SenatorRomney

    Phone: (202) 224-5251

    Fax: (202) 228-0836

    Salt Lake City Office

    125 S. State Stree Suite 8402

    Salt Lake City, UT 84138

    Phone: (801) 524-4380

    Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida

    https://www.rubio.senate.gov/public/

    https://twitter.com/SenRubioPress

    Phone: 202-224-3041

    Fax: 305-596-4345

    Orlando Office

    201 South Orange Avenue

    Suite 350

    Orlando, FL 32801

    Phone: (407) 254-2573 or toll free in Florida 1-866-630-7106

    Sen. Patrick J. Toomey of Pennsylvania

    https://www.toomey.senate.gov/

    https://twitter.com/SenToomey

    Phone: (202) 224-4254

    Fax: (202) 228-0284

    Erie Office

    United States Federal Building

    17 South Park Row

    Suite B-120

    Erie, PA 16501

    Phone: (814) 453-3010

    Fax: (814) 455-9925

    Sen. Roger Wicker of Mississippi

    https://www.wicker.senate.gov/public/

    https://twitter.com/SenatorWicker

    Phone: (202) 224-6253

    Gulfport Office

    2909 13th Street

    3rd Floor, Suite 303

    Gulfport, MS 39501

    Main: (228) 871-701

    U.S. Congressman Mac Thornberry

    Mac Thornberry Press (@MacTXPress) | Twitter

    Mac Thornberry Press (@MacTXPress) | Twitter

    The latest Tweets from Mac Thornberry Press (@MacTXPress). Tweets from the press shop of US Rep. Mac Thornberry. Mac serves the 13th District of TX, which spans from Amarillo to Wichita Falls & is larger than 13 states. United States Capitol

    Phone: (202) 225-3706

    Fax: (202) 225-3486

    Amarillo Office

    620 South Taylor Street

    Suite 200

    Amarillo, Texas 79101

    T: (806) 371-8844

    F: (806) 371-7044

    Senator Ben Sasse

    Senator Ben Sasse (@SenSasse) | Twitter

    Senator Ben Sasse (@SenSasse) | Twitter

    The latest Tweets from Senator Ben Sasse (@SenSasse). The press office account of U.S. Sen. Sasse. His (less political/hopefully more interesting) personal account is @ BenSasse

    Phone: 202-224-4224

    Lincoln Office

    1128 Lincoln Mall, Suite 305

    Lincoln, NE 68508

    Phone: 402-476-1400

    Senator Cory Gardner of Colorado

    Home | U.S. Senator Cory Gardner of Colorado

    Home | U.S. Senator Cory Gardner of Colorado

    The Official U.S. Senate website of Senator Cory Gardner Of Colorado

    Cory Gardner (@SenCory Gardner (@SenCoryGardner) | Twitter

    The latest Tweets from Cory Gardner (@SenCoryGardner). Proudly serving the state of Colorado in the United States Senate. This is my official Senate Twitter account. ColoradoCoryGardner) | Twitter

    Phone: (202) 224-5941

    Fax: (202) 224-6524

    Denver Office

    1961 Stout St., Ste. 12-300

    Denver, CO 80294

    Phone: (303) 391-5777

    From FiveThirtyEight Article: https://fivethirtyeight.com/…/if-republicans-ever-turn-on-…/

    Senator Bill Cassidy of Louisiana

    Home | U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy of Louisiana

    Home | U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy of Louisiana

    The Official U.S. Senate website of Senator Bill Cassidy of Louisiana

    U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (@SenBillCassidy) | Twitter

    U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (@SenBillCassidy) | Twitter

    The latest Tweets from U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (@SenBillCassidy). Treated uninsured patients as a doctor in Louisiana’s charity hospital system, now serving the people of my state in the US Senate. Proud LSU grad! #GeauxTigers. Baton Rouge, LA

    Phone: (202) 224-5824

    Baton Rouge Office

    5555 Hilton Ave.

    Suite 100

    Baton Rouge, LA 70808

    Phone: (225) 929-7711

    Fax: (225) 929-7688

    Sen. Lamar Alexander (@SenAlexander) | Twitter

    Sen. Lamar Alexander (@SenAlexander) | Twitter

    Los Tweets más recientes de Sen. Lamar Alexander (@SenAlexander). 7th generation Tennessean born and raised in Maryville #LowerHealthCareCosts #MakingCollegeWorthIt #OpioidCrisisResponse #RestoreOurParks #TitanUp. Maryville, TN

    Senator Jim Inhofe of Oklahoma

    Home | U.S. Senator for Oklahoma

    Inhofe Press Office (@InhofePress) | Twitter

    Inhofe Press Office (@InhofePress) | Twitter

    The latest Tweets from Inhofe Press Office (@InhofePress).

    Press Office of U.S. Senator @JimInhofe (R-Okla. Washington, D.C.

    Phone: (202) 224-4721

    Fax: (202) 228-0380

    Oklahoma City Office

    3817 NW Expressway #780

    Oklahoma City, OK 73112

    Phone: (405) 208-8841

    Fax: (405) 604-0917

    https://Home | U.S. Senator for Oklahoma

    Phone: (202) 224-4721

    Fax: (202) 228-0380

    Rep. Daniel Webster of Florida

    Congressman Daniel Webster

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  • published WILL YOUR VOTE BE COUNTED ? in News 2019-08-06 11:38:04 -0400

    WILL YOUR VOTE BE COUNTED ?

                                                        WILL YOUR VOTE BE COUNTED?

              Three documented Russian hacking methods and a warning from Politico.com

                                                     (http://bit.ly/DA_VLC_Vote_Hacking)

    1. Russia launched a massive social media campaign to sow discord

                  A new version of the old “Divide & Conquer” plan. BE SKEPTICAL AND ASK QUESTIONS.

    1. Hackers went after the Democrats.

                    500,000 Voter database records were altered in one state alone.

                    Paper and absentee ballots are more likely to be counted. DA ballots really count?

                    Request a new registration or ballot to confirm your personal information is correct.

                    VERIFY your personal information of record

    1. They breached state and county agencies, too

                   Government systems are interlinked – changes in one data base affects others.

                  VERIFY your personal information of record– Utilities, Taxing authorities, Licenses

    1. Warning: Moscow is still trying

                  We are low hanging fruit. We are NOT SAFE from cyber attacks.

    1. WHAT CAN / SHOULD YOU DO?

                 Join Democrats Abroad for the latest information: (http://bit.ly/2GQ8Yw6)

                Always Remember – Moscow, and others, want your VOTE RIGHT NOW.

                Know the risks

                Know all you can do to protect your vote – AND your identity.

                Spread the word to your family, friends and those you meet.

                Get new information from Democrats Abroad Valencia’s website:

                http://bit.ly/2GQ8Yw6  OR  votefromabroad.org/request/your-information/

    1. FOR MORE INFORMATION:

                  Political.com                                  ( http://bit.ly/DA_VLC_Vote_Hacking )

                  Full Article Summary               ( http://bit.ly/Vote_Hacking_Political_Full )

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                 Facebook                                          bit.ly/2YhjmSx ) 

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  • published Nonvoters handed Trump the presidency in News 2019-07-21 05:51:48 -0400

    Nonvoters handed Trump the presidency

    Politics (NOTE: Bold, Underlined and Red text added for emphasis)

    New data makes it clear:

    Nonvoters handed Trump the presidency

    By Philip Bump, Washington Post

    August 9, 2018

    For the full text of the article click this link: https://pewrsr.ch/2MbsTL0

    Those who didn’t vote are as responsible for the outcome of the election as those who did.

    On Thursday 18 July 2019, though, Pew Research Center released an unusually robust survey (https://pewrsr.ch/2MbsTL0) of the 2016 electorate. In addition to having asked people how they voted, Pew’s team verified that they did, giving us a picture not only of the electorate but also of those who didn’t vote.

    This is a summary of the Pew findings:

    Factoids worthy of note: (Lessons and call to actions)

    30% of eligible voters did not vote.

    50% of non-voters were non-white.

    56% of non-voters earned less than $30k/yr.

    >66% of non-voters were over age 50.

    Republicans made up more of the voter pool than the nonvoter pool and, unsurprisingly, broadly supported Trump.

    Looking at race and ethnicity, we see how the heavier turnout of white voters affected the contest. Black and Hispanic voters voted much more heavily Democratic than white votes backed Trump, but they turned out less.

    Half of the nonvoters were white, 74 percent of voters were white.

    12.5% eligible voters under age 30 voted.

    <20% of nonwhites without a college education voted.

    Groups that preferred Trump were three times as likely to be a bigger part of the voter pool than nonvoters

    Groups that preferred Clinton, were about 50 percent more likely to be a bigger part of the nonvoting community

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