Congressman Al Green To Force Vote on Impeachment of Donald Trump

(Houston, TX) – On Monday, July 15, 2019, Congressman Al Green released the following press release addressing his plans to bring articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump:

“The President of the United States is a racist, a bigot, a misogynist, as well as an invidious prevaricator. To say that Donald John Trump is unfit for the Office of the President of the United States is an understatement. He is unfit for public office, and if he displayed any of these behaviors in most private companies, he would be summarily terminated with haste. How long will we stand idly by as he denigrates his constituents, decimates our democracy, and damages America’s global standing?

“I was not told to speak out on the bigotry emanating from the White House. I was compelled to speak out. I believe there is a moral imperative to look racism, bigotry, misogyny, and hate in the face and rebuke it; to convey to our children that this type of behavior is unacceptable and that these beliefs are not welcome in the United States of America.

“I forced a vote on the Floor of the U.S. House of Representatives in December 2017 not to give myself a voice, but to give a voice to those who are voiceless as they are being assaulted by the policies and rhetoric of this Administration. I forced a vote on the Floor of the U.S. House of Representatives in January 2018 not to highlight myself, but to highlight the vitriolic rhetoric of ‘s***hole countries’ and ensure that these types of comments are not normalized in our discourse. I refuse to back down, sit down, or shut down in the face of this assault on the most marginalized in our communities.

“On Wednesday, May 17, 2017, I called for the impeachment of President Donald J. Trump on the Floor of the U.S. House of Representatives. I was the first to make a formal call for impeachment on the House Floor.

“On Wednesday, December 6, 2017, I introduced a resolution to impeach President Trump and forced a vote using a privileged resolution. The resolution is H. Res. 646. The vote total was 364 for tabling the resolution, 58 for proceeding with debate, 4 voted present, 6 did not vote. Eight ranking members voted for the resolution.

“On Friday, January 19, 2018, I introduced a resolution to impeach President Trump and forced a vote using a privileged resolution. The resolution is H. Res. 705. The vote total was 355 for tabling the resolution, 66 for proceeding with debate, 3 voted present, 6 did not vote. Ten ranking members voted for the resolution.

“I will again this month bring impeachment to a vote on the Floor of the U.S. House of Representatives for bigotry in policy, harmful to our society.”

July 12th – Lights for Liberty: A Vigil to End Human Detention Camps

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Children as young as four months old are being separated from their parents. People are detained in “icebox” rooms for weeks at a time. Migrants are being forced to drink from toilets and are denied access to soap and toothpaste. Adults and children alike are abused at the hands of Customs and Border Protection officials.

The news reports and images from the detention centers on the southern border are not just horrifying. The actions, under the direction of President Trump, are unconstitutional and grounds for his impeachment.

Separating and detaining migrant families constitutes a violation of the Fifth Amendment’s Due Process Clause, which protects all persons within the United States. In addition, these actions constitute cruel and unusual punishment prohibited under the Eighth Amendment.

We’re urging everyone to join Lights for Liberty: A Vigil to End Human Detention Camps on Friday, July 12 at locations across the country.  Please join us in person to demand that Congress stop the cruel and inhumane practice of detaining migrants and asylum seekers!

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WATCH NOW: “The Investigation: A Search for the Truth in Ten Acts”

The Mueller Report was both an impeachment referral and roadmap for Congress to begin an impeachment investigation of the president. In his report, former Special Counsel Robert Mueller presented evidence that Trump repeatedly obstructed justice and concluded that the Trump campaign took advantage of unlawful Russian assistance in the election.

On Monday, June 24, Law Works presented a live, streaming performance of The Investigation: A Search for the Truth in Ten Acts, a play based on the Mueller Report.

The play was written by Robert Schenkkan, a Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award-winning screenwriter and playwright. The celebrity cast includes Annette Bening, Kevin Kline, John Lithgow, Frederick Weller, Ben McKenzie, Michael Shannon, Noah Emmerich, Justin Long, Jason Alexander, Gina Gershon, Wilson Cruz, Joel Grey, Alyssa Milano, Kyra Sedgwick, Alfre Woodard, Piper Perabo, Zachary Quinto, and Aidan Quinn, with Sigourney Weaver, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, and Mark Hamill.

Watch the powerful performance below and be sure to watch until the end of the play for a message on how we must respond to the content of the Mueller Report.

Over 100 Cities Hold Day of Impeachment Action Against Donald Trump

On Saturday, June 15th, more than 13,000 Americans gathered at 142 events across the country, calling on Congress to begin an impeachment inquiry against President Trump. Free Speech For People was proud to partner with MoveOn and By the People for this historic event, the largest national mobilization for impeachment to date.

Free Speech for People President John Bonifaz addressed more than 100 people in Northampton’s Pulaski Park, saying, “We refuse to be silent. We refuse to walk away. We will rise to demand that members of Congress carry out their Constitutional duty and start an impeachment inquiry of this President.”

Rep. Jim McGovern of Massachusetts, who chairs the House Committee on Rules, also addressed the crowd in Northampton: “I’ve seen enough. I’ve seen the Mueller report, this administration is not complying with requests. If we turn a blind eye to him ignoring Congress, we set a terrible precedent.”

Rep. McGovern addresses the crowd in Northampton, MA

Meanwhile in Boston, Free Speech For People’s Board Chair Ben Clements told protesters on the Common, “This is how autocracies take root. This is how democracies die…Our country cannot afford to wait. We will not sit idly by while a corrupt, lawless, racist, misogynist, homophobic, xenophobic, bigoted, unfit President tramples on our Constitution and our people.”

Sixty-seven members of Congress have now voiced public support for an impeachment inquiry to date, and thirteen have become co-sponsors of a House resolution to start such an inquiry, introduced by Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-MI) and Rep. Al Green (D-TX) in March. Many were in attendance at events around the country on Saturday, including Rep. Tlaib in Detroit, Rep. Green in Houston, Rep. Earl Blumenauer (D-OR) in Portland, Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-NY) in New York City, and Rep. Madeleine Dean, Rep Mary Gay Scanlon, and Rep. Brendan Boyle in Philadelphia. A recent Reuters poll found that 45 percent of Americans support impeachment, compared to 42 percent opposed. The percentage in favor of impeachment is significantly higher than it was when Congress began an impeachment inquiry into Richard Nixon.

Free Speech For People has been a leader in the impeachment movement since January 2017, when we created the Impeach Donald Trump Now campaign with RootsAction. Following the release of our book in August 2018, The Constitution Demands It: The Case for the Impeachment of Donald Trump, we launched The Impeachment Project as a new resource for this movement. To read our grounds for impeachment, click here.

MoveOn and By the People will hold an organizing call on next steps for the impeachment movement on Tuesday, June 18th at 8:30 PM EST. To RSVP, visit Representatives Al Green, Jamie Raskin, and Rashida Tlaib will all be featured speakers on the call.

#ImpeachTrump: Act to Defend Democracy on June 15

We hope you can join us next Saturday, June 15, for a national day of action to demand an impeachment inquiry of Donald Trump. This is your opportunity to get involved directly in the fight to hold the president accountable to the law!

As more members of Congress join the call for an impeachment inquiry, it is clear that we have the power to appeal to our elected officials and to help turn the tide on impeachment. On the national day of action, individuals across the country will come together for family-friendly, public gatherings to demonstrate to their representatives that we, the people demand action.

The momentum is continuing to build – on this day of action, we hope to achieve the largest number of individual gatherings in support of impeachment. There are currently over 78 events throughout the country!

Visit this link to find an event in your area. And if you don’t see an event in your area, you can register an event, here. We’ll see you there!