We organize and take action on Russian influence in our 2016 election and the Trump Administration. We support peaceful, legal action—based on the principles set forth in the Indivisible Guide—to protect our democracy from foreign interference.


Issues of Concern

We, the Herndon Reston Indivisible (HRI) Russian Influence Group (RIG), are surprised by the diversity and seriousness of open issues arising from known or possible Russian attacks. The HRI tracks and takes action on issues such as:

> How extensive were Russia’s efforts to subvert the 2016 registration and voting process?

> Can we remove all doubt that Russia hacked Democratic information systems, and might they have also hacked Republican ones as well to use as blackmail?

> How did Russia coordinate the release of sensitive political information at critical times during the campaign? Were the contents of these releases altered, and if so, to what extent?

> What types of active measures did Russia employ to manipulate the information received by potential voters to include targeting voting districts or individuals?

> Did the Trump campaign collude with Russia in these attacks on the Democrats?

> Are any senior members of the Trump administration or Trump family subject to coercion by Russia based on Russian knowledge of collusion, financial entanglements, or undisclosed illegal acts?

> What is the extent of ongoing Russian efforts to sow misinformation, discord, or confusion into the U.S. political and governing processes?

> Which agencies of government in conjunction with what private sector organizations are coordinating an effective defensive—or deterrent—strategy to prevent Russia from once again attacking our future electoral processes with active measures?


Next Russian Influence Group Meeting

Tuesday, October 10, 2017, 6:30 p.m., Sunset Hills Montessori School


Current Actions

Letter to Commissioner, Virginia Department of Elections – Protect election systems in Virginia. Status: Pending

File Informal Objection with FCC to Proposed Merger of Sinclair Broadcast Group and Tribune Media Company – Protect responsible, diverse, and locally responsive media. Status: Pending


Past Actions

U.S. Congress – Meeting at Sen. Tim Kaine’s office in Manassas, VA, Thursday, August 31, 2017

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U.S. Congress – Meeting at Rep. Gerry Connolly’s office in Annandale, VA, Tuesday, July 18, 2017, 10 a.m.

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March for Truth DC: Saturday, June 3, 2017, 11 a.m.-2 p.m., Washington Monument grounds >  More info

March for Truth Scotland: Saturday, June 3, 2017, Orkney, Scotland

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Vigils for Truth: May 29-June 2, Cabinet Departments, Washington DC >  More info

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Tax March: Saturday, April 15, 2017, Washington DC


Legislative Calls to Action

Support S.1735 – Special Counsel Independence Protection Act: Limit the removal of a special counsel > more info 

Support H.R. 3654 – Special Counsel Independence Protection Act: Limit the removal of a special counsel > more info

Support S.1741 – Special Counsel Integrity Act: To ensure independent investigations by allowing judicial review of the removal of a special counsel > more info

Support H.R. 2444 – Protect Special Counsel: Protect the Special Counsel if the President follows through on his threats to rescind current Special Counsel Regulations. This bill would establish a replacement Special Counsel and lays out the rules for appointing one, qualifications, jurisdiction, responsibilities, funding, and expiration (sunset) of this law (2021). > more info

Support H.R. 356 – Protecting Our Democracy Act:  Calls for an independent commission in addition to Special Counsel. We need an independent commission in order to restore trust in our democracy by: being truly independent – outside the Trump Chain of Command, investigating criminal conduct, releasing a detailed report of what happened, and recommending measures to make sure it never happens again. > more info

Support S.27 – Establish an Independent Commission: Establish an independent commission to examine and report on the facts regarding the extent of Russian official and unofficial cyber operations and other attempts to interfere in the 2016 United States national election, and for other purposes. > more info

Sign the Discharge Petition for H.R. 305 – The Presidential Tax Transparency Act: Demand the release of Trump’s tax returns. Paul Ryan is trying to protect Trump and his party by blocking The Presidential Tax Transparency Act – HR 305. Tell Comstock to sign the Discharge Petition for H.R 305 to allow it to progress to a vote.  > more info


Media

Interactive Timeline: Everything We Know About Russia and President Trump by Steven Harper, Moyers & Co.  > more info 


Presentation

>  Russian Influence Group presentation for May 18 general meeting