Resist the Trump Agenda – Week #3
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We Must Stop Betsy DeVos from Leading Our Schools
Why #StopDeVos? Betsy Devos:
- Refused to commit to upholding the Title IX guidance that greatly strengthened protections for student victims of sexual assault on campus.
- Lacked knowledge of a four-decades-old federal law guaranteeing access to public education for all students with disabilities – a law enforced by the Department of Education.
- Was unable to answer questions on the basics of education policy.
- Supports allowing guns in schools, saying the decision is “best left to locales and states to decide.”
- Spent millions of dollars to support “school choice” policies like vouchers that divert funding from public schools and to promote a conservative, anti-choice agenda.
Take Action NOW
Two Republican Senators are committed to voting “NO” on DeVos. One more “no” vote from a Republican Senator will block this egregiously unqualified individual from being entrusted to lead our nation’s education policy. Dems agree, and they’re staging a 24-hour speak out on the Senate floor to oppose her nomination.
- Reach out to your networks in Alaska, Arizona, Colorado, Iowa, Kansas, Maine, Nebraska, Nevada, Ohio, and West Virginia, and ask them to call on their Senators to vote NO on Betsy DeVos.
- Call your Senators from New York and let them know why you reject Trump’s Cabinet picks. Need more info? Get our guide to Trump’s picks here.
Trump: Week #3
- Votes are also on the schedule for Jeff Sessions for Attorney General and Scott Pruitt as head of the Environmental Protection Agency.
- Trump wants his female staffers to “dress like women?” Twitter responded accordingly.
- Trump vows to “destroy” the Johnson Amendment, essentially tearing down the separation of Church and State. This will allow religious organizations (like churches) to endorse and financially support candidates for elected office, despite their charitable status as a tax-exempt organization.
- Neil Gorsuch became the Supreme Court nominee – some may remember him from when he expanded the right of religious employers to limit their employees’ access to birth control coverage in the 2013 Hobby Lobby case.
Find out more about Trump’s actions from Week 1 & Week 2.