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The Mole People Living Underneath the Las Vegas Strip

There is more to Las Vegas than the glitzy neon lights, casinos and clubs. Underground lies a less glamorous reality of homeless life. In the 1990s, the city built storm-drainage tunnels to protect the strip from raging flash floods. Today, the 600 miles of flood tunnels are home to over 400 of the city’s homeless population.

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83 misconduct complaints against Kavanaugh

It’s been fewer than three months since Brett Kavanaugh was sworn in as a lifetime Supreme Court Justice, and since then, the 15 ethics complaints against him has grown to 83. It was the duty of the 10th Circuit Judicial Council to review these complaints and issue a ruling on their findings, but there’s one problem: the 10th Circuit does not have jurisdiction over members of the Supreme Court. So what happens now? It’s up to Chief Justice Roberts to decide on next steps. (This is the same man who waited until after Kavanaugh was confirmed to forward these complaints to the 10th Circuit.) Before ruling a non-verdict, the Council found that these complaints mostly dealt with Kavanaugh’s past, his biased behavior while serving on the Court of Appeals, and partisan statements made during his hearings. Members of the 10th Circuit are not the first to notice Kavanaugh’s partisan and biased leanings. Back in the fall, Brigade Campaign Leader Lisa reached out to her former Senator, Lisa Murkowski, asking her to vote no on Kavanaugh’s SCOTUS confirmation. In Murkowski’s response back to Lisa, she wrote that Kavanaugh’s display of partisanship is one of the factors that led her to taking a stance against the judge. No one really knows what will happen next, but one thing is certain: it’s up to us to make sure these complaints do not just “disappear” as Chief Justice Roberts and others may hope they will. Many people were unsure how key senators would vote following the Kavanaugh hearings, and some assumed that Senator Murkowski would refelxively vote with her party and confirm Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court. But after people like Lisa raised their voices and asked Senator Murkowski to consider Kavanaugh’s obvious partisanship, the accounts of women who bravely stepped forward, and his demeanor during the hearings – she did. Now, we need to continue raising our voices like Lisa did and ensure these 83 misconduct complaints don’t get swept under the rug. Fill out this form if you’re interested in taking your advocacy to the next level.

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These 7 Republicans could help block Trump’s wall

Senators are voting on Trump’s $5 billion wall right now. We must keep up the pressure on these 7 Republican Senators to block it. Take action now. Sign this petition and tweet at these 7 key Republican Senators: Sen. Murkowski Click to Tweet: .@lisamurkowski vote NO on $5 billion for a wasteful border wall or you are responsible for the #TrumpShutdown. Our tax dollars must go to solutions, not more chaos. #NoWall #SavetheHolidays Sen. Lee Click to Tweet: .@SenMikeLee vote NO on $5 billion for a wasteful border wall or you are responsible for the #TrumpShutdown. Our tax dollars must go to solutions, not more chaos. #NoWall #SavetheHolidays Sen. Collins Click to Tweet: .@SenatorCollins vote NO on $5 billion for a wasteful border wall or you are responsible for the #TrumpShutdown. Our tax dollars must go to solutions, not more chaos. #NoWall #SavetheHolidays Sen. Corker Click to Tweet: .@SenBobCorker vote NO on $5 billion for a wasteful border wall or you are responsible for the #TrumpShutdown. Our tax dollars must go to solutions, not more chaos. #NoWall #SavetheHolidays Sen. Moran Click to Tweet: .@JerryMoran vote NO on $5 billion for a wasteful border wall or you are responsible for the #TrumpShutdown. Our tax dollars must go to solutions, not more chaos. #NoWall #SavetheHolidays Sen. Flake Click to Tweet: .@JeffFlake vote NO on $5 billion for a wasteful border wall or you are responsible for the #TrumpShutdown. Our tax dollars must go to solutions, not more chaos. #NoWall #SavetheHolidays Sen. Gardner Click to Tweet: .@SenCoryGardner don’t vote for the #TrumpShutdown over $5 billion for a border wall. Stand up for Colorado families and our tax dollars. We want solutions, not chaos.

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1,400+ signatures — we’re almost halfway there

Donald Trump is threatening to shut down the government because he can’t convince his Republican colleagues to vote for Border Wall funding – now he is attempting to bully Democrats into supporting his vanity project. Donald Trump has taken another unprecedented presidential action, threatening to shut down the government while his political party possess unified government control. Trump can’t convince his Republican colleagues to support his border wall but is trying to pin blame on Democrats. Donald Trump is threatening to furlough thousands of government workers during the holiday season. A government shutdown might sound like something abstract, but it has severe and real consequences for the thousands of government employees who will have their pay suspended and their jobs in question during the holiday season. Threatening hardworking government employees’ livelihoods to score political points is abusive and irresponsible. Importantly, Democrats shouldn’t be necessary to approving a Border Wall. Republicans control majorities in both Houses of Congress and hold the presidency, if they had the votes to approve border wall funding, they could simply vote to do so. But instead, President Trump is attempting to bully Democrats into voting for a package that even his own party can’t fully support. Add your name to tell your representatives to stand firm and refuse to fund Trump’s inhumane and ineffective Border Wall.

Origen: 1,400+ signatures — we’re almost halfway there

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We the People have the Power!

Today is Election Day…

and it should serve as a reminder that the real power in our democracy lies with ordinary voters like you.

Over 350 candidates for U.S. Congress have gone on the record about how they will defend our democracy—after hearing voters like you demand it.

With your help, we will make sure democracy is a top priority for next year’s Congress. You can see which of your candidates responded here.

Make no mistake, we have a lot of work ahead of us to make sure our democracy includes everyone and works for all of us. But as you read this, the millions of Americans heading to the polls today will decide, together, what path our nation will take forward. That’s nothing short of remarkable.

If you’re an eligible voter, casting your ballot today is one of the most important things you can do to participate in our democracy. Our vote is our voice, and unless we speak out, our government won’t fairly represent us.

Thank you for everything you’ve done up until now. Whether you encouraged your friends and family to get registered and vote, spoke out about an issue that mattered to you, or signed up to volunteer at the polls today—you are a vital part of our movement for a stronger democracy.

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Agree or Disagree? ICE should build immigrant prisons

Take the poll: Do you agree or disagree that ICE should work with private corporations to build immigrant prisons? ICE is expanding. In May, they released a plan to build new immigrant prisons across the midwest. And with 13,312 immigrant children in federal custody, they plan to expand tent cities currently housing those children from hundreds to thousands of beds – and they’re taking money from cancer research and other crucial programs to do it. The states that have been targeted by ICE to build immigrant prisons in conjunction with private corporations GEO Group and CoreCivic include: Indiana, Illinois, Michigan, and Minnesota, in addition to expanding an existing prison in Nevada. In Texas, the Tornillo tent city (supposedly intended to be a temporary holding center) will expand its capacity from 400 children’s beds to 3,800 – marking the third time the makeshift facility will grow in capacity. In order to fund detaining and imprisoning immigrant children, families, and others, the Trump administration is planning to tap into $260 million meant to fund cancer research, HIV/AIDS prevention, Medicare and Medicaid, and more. In Northwest Indiana where GEO Group has submitted a preliminary proposal to build an 800 bed immigrant prison, an entire community led by Ryan spent their summer organizing to stop the prison from coming to their area. “The fact that it’s a proposal for 800 beds is a huge expansion to the capacity to detain people here in Indiana,” says Margaret, president of Greater Lafayette Immigrant Allies. “Once you build that prison, the private prison companies are motivated to keep people in it. We’re very concerned about what this says about our region, about how we value people in our region, and that people in our community who are fine, upstanding, contributing residents might be the people who are detained in that prison.” Now, advocates from across the state are banding together to oppose immigrant prisons in in Indiana. “Statewide this has been tried several times already,” #NoGEO brigade member Joseph told Senator Donnelly’s Legislative Counsel, referring to GEO Group’s previous attempts to build prisons in his state, “and it’s been shown that Indiana residents don’t want this…It’s not something that we want here.” After flooding public hearings and running a successful awareness campaign in his community, Ryan and the residents of Roselawn, IN pressured local officials to publicly oppose the immigrant prison slated for their area; but the fight isn’t over yet, GEO Group still needs to withdraw the proposal they submitted to ICE. Indiana isn’t the only state ICE is targeting to build immigrant prisons. Join one of these brigades to help stop ICE from expanding in your state: Join the Minnesota brigade Join the Michigan brigade Join the Nevada brigade Join the Illinois brigade Join the Wyoming brigade Join the Indiana #NoGEO brigade

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VIDEO: Russian Oligarchs’ Unusual Access to Trump Inauguration

WATCH HERE—ABC News: “Special counsel eyeing Russians granted unusual access to Trump inauguration parties.” The presence of people with Kremlin ties in Washington for Trump’s inaugural celebration was first reported by The Washington Post. But the guest lists obtained by ABC News offer a new glimpse at the level of access granted to several well-connected oligarchs. Watch this story above and be sure to keep the pressure on Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, who is trying to kill the bipartisan bill that would stop Trump from sabotaging Mueller’s investigation. We have the votes to pass this bill. That’s where you come in. Sign and share this petition demanding that McConnell stop standing in the way.

Origen: VIDEO: Russian Oligarchs’ Unusual Access to Trump Inauguration

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🚨Save SCOTUS: No lifetime appointment for a president under investigation

Justice Anthony M. Kennedy announced today that he is retiring from the Supreme Court, giving Donald Trump the chance to replace a pivotal justice and dramatically shift the institution to the right. Today’s announcement and this week’s Supreme Court decisions showed us that both elections and courts matter. But with President Trump currently under federal investigation, there should be no confirmation hearing or vote on Justice Kennedy’s replacement until we see a full report from Special Counsel Mueller. Help save the Supreme Court by calling the following key Senate offices to tell them: “no SCOTUS vote until after the midterm election when Trump is no longer under federal investigation.” Lisa Murkowski (Alaska): call her 202-224-6665 & tweet her Susan Collins (Maine): call her 202-224-2523 & tweet her Jeff Flake (Arizona): call him 202-224-4521 & tweet him Share this rapid response alert with any and all friends, especially those in Alaska, Maine, and Arizona.

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Stop Separating Immigrant Children from their Families

Add your name to put a stop to the Trump administration’s “zero tolerance” policy of separating immigrant children from their families. Over the past week, new stories have emerged about children as young as 53 weeks being separated from their mothers — who are turning themselves at the border to federal officials in an effort to seek asylum. These stories have shined a light on the Trump administration’s new “zero tolerance” policy of ripping children away from their parents in order to discourage immigration. Under Trump’s “zero tolerance” policy, ICE, Border Patrol, and other Homeland Security agencies are taking the children of immigrants and asylum-seekers and sending them to faraway detention centers, no matter how young the child, how terrible their situation, or how unnecessary their separation. As these reports raise concerns about how we’re treating immigrant children who enter the country without legal status, we must raise our voices to put an end to this inhumane policy. Add your name to demand the Trump Administration stop separating immigrant children from their families IMMEDIATELY — and account for what is happening to all children in immigration custody.

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Prevent Trump from racially rigging the 2020 Census

Send a message to your senators now—pass S.2580 to stop the Trump administration from racially rigging our 2020 Census with an unnecessary, discriminatory question on citizenship. President Trump’s Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross announced his plan to add an untested, last-minute question about citizenship status to the 2020 Census. Experts say this would dramatically skew the final results—and with it, the resources and political power our communities can access. If the 2020 Census includes this politicized question on citizenship status, it’ll undercount communities of color and others who feel intimidated by Trump’s anti-immigrant rhetoric—by discouraging them from participating at all. And since we use Census data to draw legislative districts, it’ll amplify the harm of gerrymandering—keeping fair representation in government out of reach for too many of us. We should call this what it is: a politically-motivated attempt to racially rig the census. We need your voice to fight back. We deserve a fair democracy that represents us all—so we need to stop this by putting massive pressure on Congress. *** Dear Members of the U.S. Senate: Please support S.B. 2580 to ensure a fair and accurate Census. The Census requires that everyone within the borders of our country be counted, regardless of their citizenship status. But Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross’s decision to include a question on citizenship threatens that constitutional requirement, and politicizes this process. An accurate Census is essential in the redrawing of our congressional and legislative districts and budgeting decisions that impact our schools, hospitals, roads, and veterans. That’s why Congress must step in and pass legislation to prevent an unnecessary question on citizenship from muddling the results of the 2020 Census.

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Watch this GOP Senator tell Trump “He Has No Right to Influence an Investigation”

The White House arranged a meeting tomorrow where ‘highly classified and other information’ on the Russia probe will be shared with members of Congress. Yesterday, the White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders announced that the participants will include House Intel Chair Devin Nunes, House Oversight Chair Trey Gowdy, FBI Director Christopher Wray, DNI Director Dan Coats, and DOJ’s Ed O’Callaghan. Guess what? NO DEMOCRATS are explicitly invited to this highly irregular and inappropriate meeting. Senator Minority Leader Chuck Schumer released a statement: “This meeting must be bipartisan in order to serve as a check on the disturbing tendency of the president’s allies to distort facts and undermine the investigation and the people conducting it.” We agree. We can’t let Trump and his team get away with this blatant abuse of power. Here’s what you can do to help hold Trump and his Administration Accountable: 🤝📈Help grow thisa resistance online. Make sure you’ve added your name to this growing petition to the Senate to step in and allow a vote on bipartisan legislation that would protect Mueller and his investigation. And then be sure to invite your friends to join the chorus. 👩‍💻✊Start a team to hold Trump accountable. We just introduced a new feature on Brigade that helps you organize with your friends on issues like ending police violence. If you’d like to talk more about taking your online advocacy to the next level, fill out this form and our dedicated organizing team will reach out ASAP to talk about ways to mobilize your communities in this fight.

Origen: Watch this GOP Senator tell Trump “He Has No Right to Influence an Investigation”