Friday, November 10 - Rally TODAY to Stop the #TrumpTaxScam / Take Back the House Parties / Oppose Anti-LGBTQ Jeff Mateer for Federal Judgeship

Actions You Can Take Today

  • Action 1: Rally TODAY to Stop the #TrumpTaxScam

  • Action 2: Attend Take Back the House Parties Sunday

  • Action 3: Oppose Anti-LGBTQ Jeff Mateer for Federal Judgeship

Tools You Can Use

  • Action 3: Tell Senators to oppose anti-LGBTQ Jeff Mateer for federal judgeship:

    • Senator Duckworth | DC:  202-224-2854 | Chicago 312-886-3506

    • Senator Durbin | DC:  202-224-2152 | Chicago 312-353-4952

Action 1: Rally TODAY to Stop the #TrumpTaxScam

This past weekend, journalists began reporting on a leaked set of documents from a Bermuda law firm that helps corporations and billionaires avoid paying U.S. taxes. Dubbed the "Paradise Papers," these documents unveil secrets of the ultra-elite and show that there is one set of rules for the rich and powerful, and another for everyone else.

Over a dozen people from Donald Trump's inner circle are named in the papers, including Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross, who is shown to have significant business ties with Russian oligarchs, previously undisclosed. Other clients of the Bermuda law firm, Appleby, include major U.S. corporations such as Apple, Nike, and Uber, and we expect to learn more about those companies' finances in the coming days.

Under the Republican proposed tax plan, these same corporations and billionaires who avoid paying what they owe in U.S. taxes will be rewarded with more tax cuts and also incentivizes them to ship more jobs offshore.

We call for an immediate halt to consideration of the current GOP Tax Plan (or #TrumpTaxScam). Stand with us and join us to protest giveaways to the rich at the expense of the poor and middle class.

RSVP for the rally TODAY to stop the #TrumpTaxScam from 1:30 p.m. to 3 p.m. at the corner of Wabash and Wacker (across from Trump Tower)

Action 2: Attend Take Back the House Parties Sunday

If you’re still fired up from Tuesday’s elections and eager to turn your attention to winning back the House next year, we’ve got just the thing: Swing Left members are hosting Take Back the House parties this weekend to get this work off the ground for the year ahead.

The Democratic wave we saw this week is scaring the dickens out of House Republicans. This week alone, three more have announced their retirement instead of facing an electorate that wants to hold Trump and his congressional allies accountable.

 But just like Tuesday’s victories didn’t just happen, a wave election next year that flips 24 House seats is far from certain. It’s up to us to do everything we can to earn it.

 At these house parties, we’ll lay out the plan for the months ahead and make sure everyone knows what needs to get done if we’re going to put Democrats back in charge of the House of Representatives.

And these events are a great opportunity to get to know the other organizing rock stars in your community. If we do our jobs, these are the folks you’ll be hugging and high-fiving next November 6th.

 Find a Take Back the House party near you on Sunday, November 19, or volunteer to host one yourself!

Action 3: Oppose Anti-LGBTQ Jeff Mateer for Federal Judgeship

Donald Trump has nominated Texas Assistant Attorney General Jeff Mateer for a lifetime judgeship on the US District Court for the Eastern District of Texas. Despite being a constitutional lawyer, Mateer has repeatedly insisted that the separation of church and state should not exist. He has worked for the First Liberty Institute, a conservative legal defense foundation that often pursues cases involving disputes over religious liberties. He has compared the treatment of Christians in America to that of Jewish people in Nazi Germany, calling the Obama administration “totalitarian”.

He also has a history of hostility towards the LGBTQ+ community. In 2015, he described transgender children as part of “Satan’s plan” and has likened same-sex marriage and polyamory to people “marrying their pets”. Mateer is also an active proponent of conversion therapy for LGBTQ+ individuals, despite extensive evidence that this "therapy" is ineffective at best and dangerous at worst.

Trump's nomination of Mateer to a lifetime judgeship is an attack on both the separation of church and state and on LGBTQ+ individuals who remain vulnerable to abuse and discrimination. Mateer is an anti-civil rights, anti-First Amendment judge who has admitted outright to discriminating on the basis of sexual orientation. Trump has already withdrawn a directive allowing transgender students to use the bathrooms of their choice, and banned transgender military recruits. Appointing Mateer to this judgeship would further undermine the rights and protections that LGBTQ+ people and their allies have fought for years to secure.

Call on our Senators to oppose Mateer and speak out loudly against his nomination.

Call Senator Duckworth | DC:  202-224-2854 | Chicago 312-886-3506
Call Senator Durbin | DC:  202-224-2152 | Chicago 312-353-4952

Script: Hi, my name is [NAME] and I’m a constituent from [zip code] and a member of Indivisible Chicago. I'm calling to ask Senator [Durbin/Duckworth] to oppose the nomination of Jeff Mateer for the US District Court for the Eastern District of Texas. Mateer has said he discriminates on the basis of sexual orientation and that he does not believe in the constitutional mandate of separation of church and state. He is an appalling choice for a lifetime judgeship.



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