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This week's email features information about our upcoming April actions (sign making, monthly meeting and The Science March LA), military escalation in Syria, and finally what happened this week in Washington. We hope you find this informative and PLEASE RSVP!

Upcoming Actions

April 15, 2017, 11:00 AM
Sign Making for March for Science LA

9046 Enfield Ave
Northridge, CA 91325
BYO Supplies & $$ for pizza
April 19, 2017, 7:00 PM
PAN Monthly Meeting & Action

9046 Enfield Ave
Northridge, CA 91325
April 22, 2017
March for Science LA

7:20 AM Meet at Universal Subway Station
8:15 AM Meet at Starbucks 523 W 6th St
9:00 AM March from Pershing Square Park to City Hall

Featured Topic

Military Escalation in Syria
On April 6th, two days after Syrian President Bashar al-Assad launched a chemical gas attack on his own citizens, President Trump retaliated by firing nearly 60 Tomahawk missiles at the Syrian government airfield from which the chemical weapons were launched. While Assad's actions are atrocious, Trump's swift and unexplained policy reversal regarding Syria calls into question the purpose and length of strategic planning behind the operation, particularly since Trump did not seek congressional approval prior to ordering the missile strike.

In 2013, Obama sought to carry out a similar military attack on the Assad regime (a move heavily criticized on Twitter by then-private citizen Trump), but he first asked Congress for approval, as required by the Constitution. At the time, there was bipartisan disapproval for any such military attack due to lack of proof that it was necessary to protect our own national security. Now, Trump must follow the advice he tweeted to Obama in 2013 and seek the approval of Congress before any more military action takes place.

The crisis in Syria is devastating, but there are non-military humanitarian options the US government can take to alleviate the situation -- engaging in coercive diplomacy, robustly funding foreign aid, or opening our doors to the thousands of refugees in need of safety.

Let your Congress men and women know that you would like President Trump to seek congressional approval before any further military action by texting Resist to 50409 and follow the prompts. 

A sample letter may say:
I'm writing to urge you to push for congressional approval before any further military escalation takes place in Syria, and to vote against any request to do so. We cannot stumble into another unnecessary war due to a President's impulsive and ever-changing policy positions. I prefer engaging in coercive diplomacy, robustly funding foreign aid, or opening our doors to the thousands of refugees in need of safety. Thank you for your time and attention.

What Happened This Week

  • The United Nations warns that Americans’ right to protest is in danger under Trump. (Washington Post)
  • Trump says the US can “solve” North Korea’s nuclear weapons testing program without the help of China. (NBC News)
  • California’s Senate passes “sanctuary state” bill – gives middle finger to Trump. (CNN)
  • Trump signs bill repealing US internet privacy rules (CNET)
  • Trump Pulls Back Obama-Era Protections For Women Workers (NBC News)
  • Assad apparently “gasses” civilians days after Tillerson suggested he could stay in power. (The Daily Beast)
  • North Korea fired a ballistic missile as Trump prepares to meet with Chinese President Xi. (CNN)
  • Steve Bannon has been removed from the National Security Council. (Bloomberg)
  • The EPA moves to dismantle programs that protect kids from lead paint. (Washington Post)
  • Senate Republicans deploy the “nuclear option” to clear the path for Neil Gorsuch. (New York Times)
  • The Senate confirmed Neil Gorsuch as the 113th Supreme Court justice. (New York Times)
  • Trump fired 59 Tomahawk cruise missiles at Syria in response to a chemical weapons attack that killed more than 100 people. (NBC News)
The changing political climate of our country has empowered us to start the Political Action Network. PAN is a Southern California grassroots organization dedicated to the protection of human rights. This includes our belief that everyone deserves access to affordable health care and women’s reproductive services and that immigrants, refugees, and “dreamers” deserve our protection and assistance. We will work to protect our Constitutional Rights, Freedom of the Press and Separation of Church and State. These ideas are paramount to preserving freedom, scientific inquiry, environmental protection and education in our country.
PAN is currently meeting once a month in the San Fernando Valley to plan ways to make a difference by targeting local, state and national policies. Through letter writing, visits with local officials and by joining larger political marches, we have both a monthly meeting and a monthly action to ensure our voices are heard in a useful, meaningful, and non-violent way.
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