Calls to Action for Thursday, November 30

Senators begin discussion on the tax fraud bill at 8:00am CA time today. Several things we can do, especially if you’re reading this before then:

  1. Of course Harris and Feinstein are against it. But they still want to hear from us – Harris tweets this repeatedly. Call, fax, or email them and say you support their no vote on this atrocity of a bill.
  2. Email John McCain as his mailbox is full.
  3. Call these Republican Senators. Insist they need to hear from you since they are voting on bills that affect all of us:
  • John McCain (Arizona): 202-224-2235
  • Bob Corker (Tennessee): 202-224-3344
  • Jeff Flake (Arizona): 202-224-4521
  • Susan Collins (Maine): 202-224-2523
  • Ron Johnson (Wisconsin): 202-224-5323
  • Steve Daines (Montana): 202-224-2651
By | 2017-12-06T10:57:25-07:00 November 30th, 2017|Call to Action|0 Comments

Calls to Action for Tuesday, November 21

Net neutrality. Let’s call. Easy, quick, and painless – like buying a pumpkin pie instead of making one. 

1. Call Ajit Pai, FCC Chairman at (202) 418-1000:

Rough script:

“Hi, my name is ______ and I’m a concerned customer from (city, zip). I’m calling to express my disapproval that the FCC is trying to kill net neutrality and the strong Title II oversight of ISPs. Preserving an open internet is crucial for fair and equal access to the resources and information available on it. Thank you.”

2. Call our gals Dianne and Kamala:

Rough script:

“Hi, my name is ______ and I’m a concerned constituent from (city, zip). I’m calling to ask that Congress begin working to find a bipartisan legislative replacement for the FCC’s Title II oversight of ISPs. If the FCC votes to reverse these Title II requirements, a legislative fix will be essential to ensure access to a free and open internet. Thank you.”

  • Senator Harris: (202) 224-3553 or (415) 355-9041
  • Senator Feinstein: (202) 224-3841 or (415) 393-0707

Happy Thanksgiving, everyone! Take time to focus on the blessings and positives in your life. And thanks for commenting or liking this post when you take action – it fuels your #C2A team! (Kind of like pie) 

By | 2017-11-21T14:10:09-07:00 November 21st, 2017|Call to Action|0 Comments

Quick Call to Action for Wednesday, November 15

Two 30-second calls to our Senators. CALL TODAY!

“I wanted to call the Senator to thank her for continuing to oppose the Republican tax-cut scam, which is now also a health care scam. I appreciate her efforts to work with her colleagues in the Senate to stop this dreadful bill.”

  • Senator Feinstein: (202) 224-3841 or (415) 393-0707
  • Senator Harris: (202) 224-3553 or (415) 355-9041
By | 2017-11-15T11:10:04-07:00 November 15th, 2017|Call to Action|0 Comments

Call to Action for Saturday, November 4

From MPower Change

TAKE ACTION making sure the FCC and Chairman Pai know that they should not repeal rules that protect competition and a free press. Read more

C2A The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is doing everything it can to clear the way for Sinclair Broadcasting Group’s TV takeover—setting up a $3.9 billion merger that would allow the pro-Trump propaganda machine to reach 72% of U.S. households. Last week, they repealed the Main Studio Rule, a longstanding regulation that required local TV and radio broadcasters to have local studios. Thanks to the FCC, your local stations can now be run out of a mega-corporation’s distant headquarters.

BACKGROUND INFORMATION If you’re wondering why the FCC and Chairman Pai are giving preferential treatment to Sinclair, it’s simple—the sweetheart deal is the outcome of a backroom negotiation with Trump’s son-in-law Jared Kushner during the election. The agreement was a classic quid pro quo: deliver positive coverage of Trump, and in exchange, the administration will deliver 72% of American households’ televisions.

Beyond broadcasting only positive news about the Trump administration, Sinclair is the same company that:

  • Defends blatant anti-Muslim and anti-Semitic content under the guise of free speech.
  • Forces every station it owns to air must-run segments including the “Terrorism Alert Desk,” which aims to label any action by Muslims as terrorism.
  • Was fined by the FCC for violating U.S. law—an incident former FCC Comissioner Michael Copps cited as an example of how Sinclair has tried to “run over lines” and rules historically.

The FCC, chaired by Trump appointee Ajit Pai, has been peeling back decades-old policies that protect competition and a free press in order to deliver on Kushner’s promise to Sinclair and flood the airwaves with pro-Trump propaganda.

On November 16, the Commission is voting on the repeal of yet another decades-old regulation, in order to facilitate Sinclair’s merger with Tribune Media Co.

By | 2017-11-04T13:50:50-07:00 November 4th, 2017|Call to Action|0 Comments

Call to Action for Friday, November 3

TAKE ACTION by telling Congress to protect women and families by rejecting tax cuts for the wealthy and corporations. Use the following link to tell your Representatives to reject tax the House tax plan. Read more from the National Women’s Law Center.

C2A On November 2, 2017, House Republicans released their tax plan — and it is absolutely terrible for the average American and families. While so many across the country are struggling to make ends meet, this plan gives massive tax cuts to the wealthy and corporations.

BACKGROUND INFORMATION This tax plan would give massive tax cuts to big corporations and the wealthy. Republicans in Congress are proposing to take tax benefits away from low-income children, make it harder for workers to pay for child and dependent care expenses, raise taxes on women and families with serious, costly medical conditions, and slash vital programs and services that families rely on for a basic standard of living. Our tax policies should lift up women and their families, not further stack the deck in favor of the wealthy and corporations. Under this dangerous plan, families lose out twice: they benefit little (if at all) from the tax cuts, and down the line, programs that support families will be on the chopping block to pay for tax cuts for the rich.

By | 2017-11-04T13:58:04-07:00 November 3rd, 2017|Call to Action|0 Comments

Calls to Action for Friday, November 3

Three easy calls about Mueller. Scripts provided from 5Calls. More info below.

  • Senator Feinstein (202) 224-3841 or (415) 393-0707
  • Senator Harris: (202) 224-3553 or (415) 355-9041
  • Rep. Zoe Lofgren: (202) 225-3072 or (408) 271-8700
  • Rep. Ro Khanna: (202) 225-2631 or (408) 436-2720
  • Rep. Anna Eshoo: (202) 225-8104 or (408) 245-2339

Hi, my name is [NAME] and I’m a constituent from _____.

Script for calling the Senate:

I’m calling to urge Sen. [Feinstein/Harris] to support S.1735, the Special Counsel Independence Protection Act, and make a public statement that the firing of Special Counsel Mueller by Trump would be completely unacceptable. It’s the duty of Congress to serve as a check on Trump and prevent him from sending our democracy into a tailspin.

Script for calling the House:

I’m calling to urge Rep. _____ to make a public statement that the firing of Special Counsel Mueller by Trump would be completely unacceptable. It’s the duty of Congress to serve as a check on Trump and prevent him from sending our democracy into a tailspin.

Read More: Demand Congress Oppose a Mueller Firing

Special Counsel Robert Mueller and his team have issued their first indictments in their investigation of Russia’s 2016 electoral interference. On Monday, October 30th, former Trump campaign chair Paul Manafort and Rick Gates, a former Manafort business partner, were ordered to surrender to federal authorities. Even before Manafort and Gates were formally charged, Trump surrogates like Roger Stone, Sebastian Gorka, and Jeanine Pirro had already begun demanding Mueller’s resignation. Even the Wall Street Journal editorial board joined the preemptive call for Mueller to resign, stating that the investigation should instead shift focus to Hillary Clinton and the Democratic National Committee.

In Congress, Republicans have hinted they want to wind down their own investigations of Russian collusion by the end of 2017 and have shifted current investigations toward Hillary Clinton. Clearly, Republicans are doubling down on their loyalty to this troubled administration and are attempting to diminish, obscure or outright kill the investigations of Trump’s Russia ties. This obstructionism must be met with a clear, unequivocal commitment by Congress to let Mueller do his job. Without making clear that Trump will face consequences, legally or politically, for possible collusion with Russia in the 2016 elections, they are essentially giving Trump the green light to continue to abuse his power and end Mueller’s investigation.

Cory Booker (D-NJ) and Lindsey Graham (R-SC) have introduced bipartisan legislation to limit Trump’s ability to fire Mueller, providing the investigation the protection it needs from an unpredictable president. As Mueller’s team pursues action against criminal perpetrators in the Russia investigation, every member of Congress must allow the legal process to proceed to its natural conclusion.

By | 2017-11-03T10:25:29-07:00 November 3rd, 2017|Call to Action|0 Comments

Call to Action for Wednesday, November 1

Submitted by Stephanie Minor

TAKE ACTION by signing the Food Empowerment Project petition or calling the corporate headquarter offices for Safeway, Albertsons, and Raley’s to oppose their policy of restricting leases on grocery store properties even after they have vacated a facility.

Sign the petition and call:

  • Safeway: 877-723-3929
  • Albertsons: 877-276-9637
  • Raley’s: 916-373-3333

“I am calling to log a comment against a Safeway policy that sometimes puts restrictive deeds on its former properties and prevents other grocery stores from moving in, sometimes for 10 years or more. This has impacted community health. I would like Safeway to end this policy immediately.”

These companies establish policies that do not allow the properties to be used as grocery stories for another chain. This policy has left many urban downtown areas without any grocery stores, instead forcing poorer residents to buy more packaged and ready-made foods for higher prices. These restrictions could be in effect for up to 15 years in some cases.

Stephanie shared how this is impacting her personally, “I included Raley’s because of a relevant situation in my own San Jose neighborhood. We had a Nob Hill at Santa Teresa and Bernal for almost 20 years before it closed. They had built a newer fancier on Santa Teresa and Snell, about 3 miles away- It’s about an hour walk from the old store. The community of Santa Teresa and Los Paseos has been fighting about this closure for almost a year now using mostly Nextdoor to organize. The shopping center, because it is now desolate at night, is becoming unsafe for the surrounding neighborhoods. The community has held meetings with our councilmember, Sergio Jimenez, the property management company, ROIC, and Raley’s. Raley’s owns the property for another 2 years and the best offer we have received is they may put in an Express-type ready-made food store. Your members in South San Jose’s Santa Teresa and Los Paseos neighborhoods can verify.”

Read more about this effort

By | 2017-11-01T13:05:43-07:00 November 1st, 2017|Call to Action|0 Comments
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