Call to Action for Wednesday, February 28

Contact Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf and thank her for warning the community about pending ICE activity. She’s being criticized by ICE officials for alerting the public and defending her sanctuary city.

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By | 2018-02-28T14:26:04-07:00 February 28th, 2018|Call to Action|0 Comments

Calls to Action for Monday, February 26

Three quick calls with scripts and one petition. Five minutes tops. Let’s keep on fighting!

“I come as one; I stand as ten thousand.” – Maya Angelou

1. Contact our MOC to show support for their stance on gun control.

  • Sen. Dianne Feinstein: (202) 224-3841 or (415) 393-0707

Rough script:

“My name is _____ and I’m a constituent from ______. I know Senator Feinstein has always been an extremely strong leader in the fight for gun control. I’m calling today to show my support for the assault weapons ban bill that she introduced last year, S.2095. Also, I’m calling to support her vote for S. 2009, the Background Check Expansion Act. And I know she will vote against HR 38, the concealed carry bill passed by the House, when it arrives in the Senate.”

  • Sen. Kamala Harris: (202) 224-3553 or (415) 355-9041

Rough script:

“My name is _____ and I’m a constituent from ______. I know Senator Harris has been a strong fighter for gun control. I’m calling today to show my support for the assault weapons ban bill that Senator Feinstein introduced last year, S.2095. Also, I’m calling to support her vote for S. 2009, the Background Check Expansion Act. And I know she will vote against HR 38, the concealed carry bill passed by the House, when it arrives in the Senate.”

2. Call your Rep to show support for the Honest Ads Act, a reasonable and necessary first step in safeguarding our democracy, informing our electorate, and ensuring campaign disclosure rules reflect the rapidly changing landscape of advertising and online media.

“My name is _____ and I’m a constituent from ______. I’m calling to ask Rep. ____ to support the Honest Ads Act, H.R. 4077. Holding online political ads to the same standard as ads published through other media is a critical first step in safeguarding our democracy and preventing foreign interference in elections.”

  • 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

3. Keep putting pressure on companies with financial ties to the NRA: While elected officials are still in bed with the NRA, companies are beginning to split. From First Omaha Bank (who canceled the NRA Visa Card) to Avis (who revoked the NRA loyalty program) to Chubb Insurance (who will no longer be underwriting NRA policies), the NRA is getting dumped. This week let’s ensure that the heartbreak keeps growing for the NRA by focusing on cutting off purchasing power for buyers of assault rifles. PayPal and Apple Pay already won’t process purchases for firearms, all-of-us must ask other credit card companies to follow suit.

Sign this petition: Tell Mastercard, Visa, and other major credit card companies: “Refuse to process all sales from retailers who sell assault weapons.” (Ultraviolet)

By | 2018-02-26T10:49:30-07:00 February 26th, 2018|Call to Action|0 Comments

Calls to Action for Wednesday, February 21

Two quick actions today on addressing gun violence, and one on DACA. And get out your calendar to block out dates to support students who are organizing against gun violence in schools!

1. Contact your Members of Congress about 2 issues.

FIRST, ask them to repeal the Dickey Amendment, which prevents the Centers for Disease Control from researching the effects of gun violence. The NRA staunchly insists that any gun control research is part of an “anti-gun agenda,” and successfully pressured Congress in 1996 into stripping the agency’s funding for such research as well as any measures that could be seen as advocating gun control. The so-called Dickey Amendment has been a staple of appropriations bills ever since.  Imagine if this were to happen with any other cause of death.

SECOND (Senate only), demand that the Senate work out a solution for DACA recipients before time runs out. Congress has until March 5th to pass a legislative fix or equivalent to DACA, or else DREAMers could face rapid deportation. Bringing this legislation to the floor was central to the January compromise to reopen the government, but after less than a week of debate, the GOP is ready to “move on” to other issues.

Tell your MoCs:

“I’m calling today about gun violence [and — when calling Senators — the DREAM Act]. It is long past time for Congress to end the NRA’s suppression of essential, and scientific, public health research. Please work to end the Dickey Amendment today! [Senate only:] Second, I’m deeply disappointed that the Senate has not agreed on a DACA fix. I support a clean DREAM act and urge the Senator to reject all other votes until a DACA fix is found.”

How to reach your MoCs:

  • Sen. Dianne Feinstein: (202) 224-3841 or (415) 393-0707
  • Sen. Kamala 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
  • Or use 1-844-USA-0234 to reach all your MoC

When calling: remember to leave your name and ZIP code.

Or use Resistbot via Facebook Messenger or your phone by texting RESIST to 50409. Email via democracy.io or  even fax at FaxZero.

2. Grab the NRA by the wallet — From Daily Action: One way of undercutting the NRA’s influence on politics is to make it more difficult for companies to support them financially. It turns out that NRA membership has quite a few benefits, including a Visa card through First National Bank of Omaha. Companies that offer these benefits are complicit in bringing weapons into our schools and communities.

Contact First National Bank and Visa:

  • Call the First National Bank of Omaha to demand they cancel their sponsorship of the NRA Visa card: 402-342-2265 ext 2
  • Contact Kevin Langin, First National’s senior director of public relations: 402-602-3541; klangin@fnni.com
  • Email the bank: First National Bank
  • Demand that Visa cancel its licensing of the NRA card: Askvisa@visa.com

3. Make plans to support students, teachers, and advocates taking action against gun violence. Here are some upcoming actions:

March 14: WOMEN’S MARCH YOUTH EMPOWER WALKOUT
(17 minutes for the 17 killed in Parkland)
Organized by Women’s March YOUTH Empower student-led group.
Facebook event
See also: ‘Thoughts and prayers’ and fistfuls of NRA money: Why America can’t control guns (a grim update) (LA Times)

March 24: MARCH FOR OUR LIVES
A march on Washington, with sister marches across the nation, organized by the students of Marjory Stoneman Douglass HS.
Sign up at their website: marchforourlives.com
Twitter: @AMarch4OurLives

April 9: LOBBY DAY FOR GUN LAWS IN SACRAMENTO
The California Chapter of Moms Demand Action will hold training and a day of advocacy at the state capitol.
Join TWWSJ members (offer/ask for carpooling, etc.) via the Facebook event

April 20: NATIONAL SCHOOL WALKOUT
Started by a Connecticut student from near Sandy Hook, this is on the Anniversary of Columbine. Walk Out, Wear Orange.
Twitter: @schoolwalkoutUS
Facebook page

By | 2018-02-21T11:07:47-07:00 February 21st, 2018|Call to Action|0 Comments

Call to Action for Saturday, February 17

TAKE ACTION by educating yourself by watching the PBS documentary on the Black Panther Party. The filmmaker, Stanley Nelson tells the story of the rise and fall of the Black Panther Party, which sought to transform a system of racial oppression. The documentary is available through KQED Independent Lens until March 3, 2018.

Stream full-length (1:55) film The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution from Independent Lens (PBS)

#resist

By | 2018-02-17T13:37:23-07:00 February 17th, 2018|Call to Action|0 Comments

Call to Action for Thursday, February 15

Yesterday, a 19-year-old gunman killed 17 people in the 18th American school shooting of 2018. Governor Rick Scott disingenuously asked, “How could this ever happen in this country?” It’s the 291st school shooting since 2013, so can we agree that it’s pretty much past time to figure this out?

Today: Call your Congresspeople and ask them WHAT ARE THEY DOING ABOUT THIS. Need a place to start? Here’s a simple script you can use:

“Hi, my name is _________ and I’m a constituent from _________. I am devastated by the death toll from the shooting yesterday and I want the congressmember/senator to take action to enact common sense gun regulation IMMEDIATELY. I’m asking him/her to [pick one or more of these to emphasize]:

1) support a ban on bump stocks (which circumvent restrictions on automatic weapons) [HR.3999/S.1916];

2) work to close the loophole that lets people buy guns at shows and through private sellers without background checks;

3) vote to institute universal background checks for ammunition and gun buyers;

4) vote to allow the CDC to research gun violence prevention;

5) support evidence-based community antiviolence programs, like Ceasefire, which have been shown to reduce shootings;

6) [Senate only, because it passed the House in December] vote AGAINST the Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act (which would invalidate state-level restrictions on carrying concealed weapons.

Does the Senator/Representative plan to support or oppose these measures?”

How to reach your MoCs by PHONE:

  • Sen. Dianne Feinstein: (202) 224-3841 or (415) 393-0707
  • Sen. Kamala 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
  • Or use 1-844-USA-0234 to reach all your MoC

When calling: remember to leave your name and ZIP code.

Alternate ways to contact: RESISTBOT through FB or your phone by texting RESIST to 50409. EMAIL via democracy.io or FAX via FaxZero.

Then: Consider joining, following, or making a donation to Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America/Everytown for Gun Safety or Sandy Hook Promise. You can get involved with Everytown for Gun Safety simply by texting ACT to 644-33.

(Sources: Everytown for Gun Safety/Moms Demand Action; 5 Calls; Indivisible)

By | 2018-02-15T10:24:23-07:00 February 15th, 2018|Call to Action|0 Comments

Calls to Action for Tuesday, February 13

Well, it’s been quite a week already, and it’s only Tuesday! If you’re feeling disheartened or exhausted or overwhelmed, please know, first of all, that you aren’t alone. But one of the most powerful remedies for feeling helpless is to TAKE ACTION. Today let’s all do one small thing to counter this week’s developments: Make one phone call, write one email, send one fax or Resistbot text/FB message.

Take action on one or more of the issues below:

1. CIVIL RIGHTS FOR PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES — URGENT! Vote expected Thursday 2/15.

H.R. 620 — the misnamed ADA Education and Reform Act — would drastically weaken the Americans with Disabilities Act. If you missed last week’s C2A, you can read more about HR 620 in our post from last week, but essentially this bill would make people with disabilities responsible for ensuring that businesses comply with the ADA, would limit their ability to file a complaint about inaccessibility, and make them wait six months or more for businesses to address the complaints. No other protected group is required to prove their right to access to publicly offered services or wait for services that other people have immediate access to.

Call your Congressional representatives to demand that they oppose this act, and urge friends in other districts to do so as well. (If you’re in Jackie Speier’s district, call her office and protest her co-sponsorship of this horrifying bill!) Use this script from 5 Calls:

“I’m calling to urge Rep. ____ to oppose HR 620, the ADA Education and Reform Act. It is unacceptable to make individuals with disabilities responsible for ensuring businesses comply with the ADA. This bill goes against the spirit of the ADA and will hinder full access to local businesses for people with disabilities.”

Phone:

  • 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
  • Or use 1-844-USA-0234 to reach all your MoC

When calling: remember to leave your name and ZIP code.

2. TRUMP’S PROPOSED BUDGET AND ASSAULT ON THE SAFETY NET:

Yesterday the White House released their new budget proposal for the 2019 Fiscal Year. What matters to you? There’s a good chance that Trump’s budget takes a shot at it. Public education? PBS? NPR? Public funding for the arts? Environmental protections? Medicare? Medicaid? Food stamps? Public housing? Transportation? Essential government services? The Affordable Care Act? Legal Aid? International diplomacy efforts? Yep — all under attack, with proposed cuts of 3 trillion dollars over the next ten years.

What benefits from this budget? The military and the proposed southern border wall. The NY Times calls this budget plan, which Trump needs in order to fund the GOP tax cuts, “one of the greatest transfers of wealth from the poor to the rich in generations. It would also charge trillions of dollars in new debt to the account of future Americans. It’s a plan that could please only far-right ideologues who want to dissolve nearly every part of the federal government, save the military.”

Read more:

Oppose these devastating cuts by calling your Congressional Representatives. Use this script:

“I’m calling to express my deep concerns about Trump’s 2019 budget plan. Drastic cuts to vital healthcare and the social safety net are not the way to help Americans. I urge Rep. ___ to vote against any 2019 budget that slashes funding for Medicaid, Medicare, SNAP, or public housing [or your particular concern].”

Phone:

  • 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
  • Or use 1-844-USA-0234 to reach all your MoC

When calling: remember to leave your name and ZIP code.

3. TURN CONGRESS BLUE:

The March 13th special election is considered a possible preview of the 2018 midterm elections and a referendum on Trump. The Republican Party are putting their full weight behind state representative Rick Saccone. Saccone is a right-winger, opposed to unions, reproductive choice, and the social safety net. Democratic nominee Conor Lamb is a military veteran and federal prosecutor who is refusing to accept corporate PAC donations. Republican money is flooding the district, so please donate to Lamb if you can, and sign up to phone bank for him.

4. CHALLENGE TRUMP’S CORRUPTION (submitted by a TWW-SJ member):

Trump’s inauguration committee raised $107 million, but has not yet released any public accounting as to where the money went (redecorating the White House and Pence’s house are two known uses).

Read more: Trump’s Inauguration Money Is Still Missing One Year After His Administration Took Control of the White House (Newsweek)

Contact your MoC’s to tell them to to press for an immediate accounting. Use this script:

“I’m concerned about where the money went that Trump’s inauguration committee raised. When Rep. Kurt Schrader’s (D-OR) introduces a bill to require future inaugural committees to submit public-disclosure reports on how privately-collected inaugural funds are spent, I hope you will support it as a co-sponsor. Thank you.”

Phone:

  • 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
  • Or use 1-844-USA-0234 to reach all your MoC

When calling: remember to leave your name and ZIP code.

Bonus action: Contact your Senators and ask them to introduce equivalent legislation.

NEED SOME GOOD NEWS? Jen Hoffman publishes a weekly list of resistance actions. This week, her list begins with a list of victories and good news — and some suggestions for writing thank you notes, if you’re practicing gratitude. Read it here.

By | 2018-02-13T13:38:14-07:00 February 13th, 2018|Call to Action|0 Comments

Call to Action for Friday, February 9

Take Action! Call your representatives and tell them “NO on H.R. 620.”

Next week, the House of Representatives will most likely be voting on the ADA Education and Reform Act of 2017 (H.R. 620), a bill that would seriously weaken the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). The bill, introduced by Rep. Ted Poe (R-TX) on January 24, 2017, would do the following:

  • Eliminate the need for businesses and other entities that offer services to the public to meet accessibility requirements until a complaint is filed against them.
  • Limit the ability to file a complaint unless it is in writing, specifies the exact part of the law that is being violated, whether the person complaining has made a direct complaint to the business, and whether the barrier or lack of access is permanent or temporary.
  • The person with a disability must then wait up to 180 days for the business to “fix” the complaint; therefore denying the person with a disability access to the services for the waiting period.
  • Also, a business could have more than 180 days to fix the complaint if they are making “substantial progress” to fix the complaint.

This bill will strip away civil rights of people with disabilities.

NEXT STEPS — We’ve heard that the following actions may take place next week:

  • Tuesday, February 13, 2018 — The House Rules Committee will meet to set the process for consideration of the bill.
  • Wednesday, February 14, 2018, or Thursday, February 15, 2018 — Probable floor vote on the bill.

WHO TO CONTACT:

  • Vulnerable Democrats who may sign onto the bill (AZ, CA, FL, HI, NY, and WA).
  • Republican disability supporters such as Reps. Harper, McMorris Rodgers, Senssenbrenner, Sessions, and others.

HOW TO CONTACT:

  • 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
  • Find your representative: Call the US Capitol Switchboard at (202) 224-3121

WHAT TO SAY:

  • H.R.620 will take away the civil rights of people with disabilities.
  • H.R.620 will make people with disabilities wait for up to 180 days for services that other people have immediate access to.
  • The wait may be even longer than 180 days because a business that is making “substantial progress” toward fixing a problem can take even longer than 180 days.
  • H.R.620 will eliminate the need for businesses to be accessible until a complaint is received; there will be no need to make a business accessible until someone complains; that will mean many groups building new buildings, renovating buildings, opening new businesses will not make their services accessible.
  • H.R.620 shifts the burden of accessibility from those who offer services to the person with a disability; no other group needs to prove their right to access to publicly offered services.
  • H.R.620 will take away the civil rights of people with disabilities; would we ever think about eliminating the rights of any other group of Americans?

Source: TASH. TASH is an international leader in disability advocacy

By | 2018-02-09T12:12:51-07:00 February 9th, 2018|Call to Action|0 Comments

Call to Action for Sunday, February 4

TAKE ACTION by signing the petition to ask that the accusations of decades of sexual abuse at Presentation High School in San Jose, California, be taken seriously and actions be taken to protect the students. #TimesUp

Presentation High School: #PresentationToo (Change.org)

C2A There is evidence that Presentation High School (PHS) parents reported parents inappropriate behavior by a teacher three years before he allegedly sexually abused another student during a school field trip. There is no acceptable excuse for schools not to engage the appropriate law enforcement agencies after receiving a report of sexual abuse or misconduct. The law requires people who work with children such as day care providers, teachers, and principals to report to police whenever there is “reasonable suspicion” of abuse. Although PHS administration has declined multiple interview requests, they released a statement claiming that “All reports of sexual harassment that have come to PHS have been handled properly by the school administration.”

FOLLOW-UP ACTIONS The PHS community has asked for an independent investigation into allegations of sexual abuse.

1. Follow this accountability effort on social media and share their sites and pages to continue to spread the word.

2. Help create an avalanche of support the week of Valentine’s Day by sending a postcard (or several) to the address below with a simple, clear message letting PHS know what actions you would like to see them take such as justice for the victims, an independent investigation, and transparency. Please highlight whatever is most important to you.

Presentation High School
2281 Plummer Ave
San Jose, CA 95125

By | 2018-02-04T17:24:51-07:00 February 4th, 2018|Call to Action|0 Comments
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