Our veterans deserve better than corruption and cronyism

We all know that the current administration is among the most corrupt in US history: Tom Price got caught engaging in insider trading, Scott Pruitt tried to get his wife a Chick-fil-A franchise, Steve Mnuchin flies on expensive military jets for personal trips, and David Shulkin took his wife on a tax payer-funded trip to Europe, just to name a few examples.

Not every Trump Administration official who has been accused or caught engaging in what would normally be career-ending scandals has been fired, but some have, including David Shulkin, former Veterans Affairs (VA) secretary. However, Shulkin alleged after his firing that he was actually removed because of his unwillingness to privatize parts of the VA.

Yesterday, the non-profit investigative reporting outfit, ProPublica, released a bombshell story about how the VA is actually being run by a shadowy cabal of Mar-a-Lago club members, the President's private Florida club.

Tim Walz, a Democratic Congressman and candidate for MN Governor, released this statement saying: "This situation reeks of corruption and cronyism...That is why I’m directing my staff to immediately open an investigation into the matter."

https://www.stripes.com/democrats-vets-groups-respond-to-report-of-mar-a-lago-crowd-secretly-influencing-va-1.541694

Today's Action: Ask our Members of Congress to demand investigations into VA corruption

Note: it's important for everyone to call their Members of Congress, but it is especially important for Rep Adam Smith's constituents in the 9th Congressional District to call about this action since he is the ranking member on the House Armed Services committee.

Sample Script:

Hi, my name is {NAME} and I'm calling from {CITY, ZIP}. I read a report about how the Department of Veterans Affairs is secretly being run by three members of the President's Mar-a-Lago club. Our veterans deserve better than corruption and cronyism, and I would like to see {MEMBER OF CONGRESS} call for investigations immediately.

Call both:

Sen. Patty Murray: (202) 224-2621, (206) 553-5545
Sen. Maria Cantwell: (202) 224-3441, (206) 220-6400

Call one:

Rep. Pramila Jayapal: (202) 225-3106, (206) 674-0040
Rep. Adam Smith: (202) 225-8901, (425) 793-5180

Events

The Seatac center property that the city of SeaTac has put up for sale and redevelopment  is occupied by over 50 immigrant/refugee owned businesses. Most of these businesses are small businesses run by somali muslim women. These businesses have been here since the early 1990's and have revitalized International blvd and made it into what it is today.

The SeaTac Center Community Coalition states that the community should have been given a voice in the redevelopment of the land before it was put up for sale. Displacement of the businesses will destroy the livelihoods of all the families that rely on the businesses and the subsequent development will result in gentrification of the surrounding immigrant community.

Two weeks ago the SCCC delivered over 900 signatures to the city council members demanding that the city council immediately halt the sale of the land and the city has agreed to meet with the coalition.

From the organizers

Developers from around King County will be touring our property to buy and demolish our businesses. As we all know, this is completely unacceptable! We have continuously shared our stories with the City and they still refuse to listen. We must join together to protest the plans they have to ruin our beautiful community. Let us join together to let them know that our community is not for sale, we are here to stay, and they will NOT displace us!

When: Friday, August 10th at 10:00AM

Where: 15425 International Blvd, SeaTac, WA 98188

More: https://www.facebook.com/seataccommunitycoalition