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12 Ways to Participate in the “March for Our Lives” Without Leaving Your Home

“March for Our Lives” is this Saturday, March 24. If you’re concerned about gun violence or school safety, or you want to support young people who are, please come out and march. We encourage you to bring friends and meet up with Together We Will — San José to march in downtown San José. See the TWWSJ invitation and the official San José march event.

Can’t march this Saturday? Here are some ways to participate in gun control activism and advocacy from home:

1. Join, donate to, and sign up for updates and calls to action from, gun control organizations like:

Locally, join the San José chapter of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America.

2. Register — yourself and others! — to vote. In California register via California Online Voter Registration.

And donate to organizations that are registering folks to vote or working on securing voting rights, like:

3. If you live in a district where your elected representatives have accepted NRA contributions, call out those politicians and pressure them to stop taking the money. See a list of Congressional recipients based on OpenSecrets.org data (Google Sheets).

4. Let your elected officials know how you feel about common sense gun control. Everytown for Gun Safety makes it easy. Or use 1-844-USA-0234 to reach all your Members of Congress, or use Resistbot via Facebook Messenger.

5. Educate yourself about various policy proposals.

6. Learn about the way that bringing more police into schools or arming school staff will strengthen the school-to-prison pipeline and disproportionately pose a threat to children of color.

7. Take a moment to acknowledge the debt that we owe Black Lives Matter and other youth of color for setting the example of mass protest against reckless gun usage. As BLM Network co-founder Patrisse Cullors said recently, “…we wouldn’t be seeing this level of protest if we didn’t have this [example] for the last five years. Black Lives Matter really set this idea of how we fight and how we protest into action.”

Read more and commit to supporting other communities affected by gun violence, especially urban youth and people of color, with your money and activism.

8. When talking about gun safety, remember police violence against people of color, and consider, too, that the crusade to enact policy changes to reduce gun violence is one link between the March for Our Lives and the protests against the police shootings of unarmed people of color. The Washington Post calculates that 230 people have been killed by police this year, and just this past weekend, an unarmed black man, Stephon Clark, was killed in his own backyard by police in Sacramento.

On a related note, read this piece arguing that meaningful gun control should disarm both the public and much of the police: We need gun control that disarms the public and the police (Center for Community Change)

9. If you have children or young people in your life, talk to them about their feelings and perspective on gun violence and mass shootings. Some questions — from the Anti-Defamation League:

  1. How do you feel about what you know and have heard about gun violence and mass shootings? What else do you want to know?
  2. Do you know people who have different opinions on gun violence? What do they say and how does this influence (or not) your point of view?
  3. What do you think should be done to keep people safe from gun violence?
  4. Why do you think so many people feel it is important to protect people’s right to own guns?
  5. Why do you think there are so many more mass shootings than there used to be?

10. Donate money to the March for Our Lives organizers to defray the cost of permits, security, staging, porta-potties, etc., to help make the event go smoothly and safely. Locally, donate to the March for Our Lives San Jose (GoFundMe).

11. In general, petitions aren’t considered as powerful or effective as calling your Members of Congress. Still, here’s a petition backed by Everytown for Gun Safety urging Congress to back common sense gun laws.

12. Want to feel fired up? Check out this video from a Stoneman Douglas High School student’s answer to a NRA ad: Stoneman Douglas student Sarah Chadwick turns the tables on that ominous NRA ad (YouTube)

By | 2018-03-21T09:23:42+00:00 March 21st, 2018|Call to Action|0 Comments

Call to Action for Monday, March 19

TAKE ACTION by staying in the fight to condemn the raids and press for a permanent solution.

1. Send a message to your mayor or your city councilperson to ask about their immigration practices and to voice your opposition to practices that unnecessarily separate and traumatize parents and children.

Here’s a script:

“Hi, my name is ___________ and I’m a resident of _____________. I’m contacting you to ask your position about using taxpayer resources to support ICE raids on undocumented immigrants in connection with CIVIC Bay Area. What is your position? I urge you to use your power to STOP inhumane and unjust ICE raids. I also demand that you commit to protecting places of worship, schools, and hospitals by not apprehending people in or near these sensitive locations. Raids don’t make our communities any safer, and conducting operations directly outside such locations is a moral outrage and a violation of liberty.”

2. Sign the petition to release from ICE custody Alejandra Pablos, a well-known leader and organizer and a vocal advocate for immigrant, LGBTQ, and reproductive rights. She is being held without bond and may not get to go before a judge until December.

3. Show your commitment to immigration reform by donating to United We Dream, a Dreamer-led group at the forefront for the fight for comprehensive immigration reform, or starting your own campaign using their tools.

C2A While our young activists march for their lives, other vulnerable communities in our country keep fighting to protect theirs. ICE agents continue to strike terror among undocumented communities around the country with their raiding and detaining. And Trump has further escalated the war on those who want to protect immigrants from these raids by announcing the DOJ’s (weak) lawsuit against California, a sanctuary state.

The need for legislative immigration reform remains urgent, as undocumented immigrants continue to wait in limbo. When Trump terminated the popular DACA program on September 5, 2017, he set a 6-month deadline of March 5, 2018 for its end. Because his lawyers bungled it, current DACA recipients can still renew their status. But new applications aren’t being accepted, and we still lack a permanent solution.


By | 2018-03-19T22:00:09+00:00 March 19th, 2018|Call to Action|0 Comments

Call to Action for Wednesday, March 14

TAKE ACTION by urging Representatives to Support the Request for Independent Living (IL) Funding. All Representatives can be reached by the Capitol Switchboard at (202) 224-3121 or  (202) 224-3091 (TTY), and you can find your Representative’s direct DC and local office numbers as well as other contact information at Contacting Congress. You can also use Resistbot to turn texts into faxes, mail, or hand-delivered letters.


“I would like to ask Representative [________________] to sign on to Representative Hanabusa’s Independent Living Appropriations request. The funding for Independent Living Programs is vital to ensure people with disabilities can live independently. Local CILs do much needed work for their disabled constituents!”


  • Rep. Anna Eshoo: 650-323-2984 or 202-225-8104
  • Rep. Zoe Lofgren: 408-271-8700 or 202-225-3072
  • Rep. Ro Khanna: 408-436-2720 or 202-225-2631

BACKGROUND INFORMATION Congress is now working on FY 2019 appropriations, and this year’s fight is more important than ever. With Congress intent on slashing funding and the Administration’s budget proposal to cut IL funding, advocacy from our community and our allies in Congress is critical!

We are very excited to inform you that this week, Representative Hanabusa (HI) sent a Dear Colleague letter to the entire House of Representatives asking them to join her in supporting an increase in funding for the Independent Living Program. Once signatures have been received, Representative Hanabusa will submit a letter to Chairman Cole (OK) and Ranking Member DeLauro (CT) of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies (L-HHS-Ed) to formally request increased funding for the Independent Living Program in FY 2019. So far, Representatives Norton (DC) and Sablan (CNMI) have already signed on, and we need to get as many more supporters as possible by Wednesday, March 14, 2018!

The Independent Living Program is a vital, cost-effective program that has been grossly underfunded for years. We need your help to get as many other Representatives as possible to sign-on! Contact your Representative TODAY and urge them to sign on to Representative Hanabusa’s Independent Living Appropriations request. Make sure you Representative knows how vital the Independent Living Program is to you, and how much the CILs in their state do for their disabled constituents!

If your Representative has any questions or wants more information, they can contact Elizabeth Songvilay at Representative Hanabusa’s office at Elizabeth.Songvilay@mail.house.gov.

By | 2018-03-14T22:47:01+00:00 March 14th, 2018|Call to Action|0 Comments

Call to Action for Monday, March 12

TAKE ACTION by calling your Representative and asking them “to vote in favor of H.R.4909 the STOP School Violence Act of 2018 before another tragedy occurs. Arming teachers is not going to prevent gun violence, and children’s lives are at stake at every moment we don’t act to protect them.”

  • Rep. Anna Eshoo: 650-323-2984 or 202-225-8104
  • Rep. Zoe Lofgren: 408-271-8700 or 202-225-3072
  • Rep. Ro Khanna: 408-436-2720 or 202-225-2631
  • Rep. Jimmy Panetta: 831-424-2229 or 202-225-2861

We need to put as much pressure as possible on Congress right now to make sure the STOP School Violence Act of 2018 passes. So, we can also show our support by signing the Sandy Hook Promise petition demanding Congress pass this bill to protect children from gun violence?

C2A Lawmakers are scheduled to vote Wednesday, exactly one month after the Parkland, Florida, high school shooting, on the STOP School Violence Act of 2018, which was introduced by Florida Republican Rep. John Rutherford, a former sheriff of Duval County. “STOP” is an acronym for “Students, Teachers, and Officers Preventing.” The bill does not do enough, but it attempts to curb school violence by providing more training for school officials and local law enforcement to respond to mental health crises, as well as, among other things, money to develop anonymous reporting systems for threats and deterrent measures like metal detectors and locks.

H. R. 4909 STOP School Violence Act of 2018 (PDF on House.gov)

By | 2018-03-12T21:22:45+00:00 March 12th, 2018|Call to Action|0 Comments

Call to Action for Tuesday, March 6

Take Action! Call our Senators and tell them: “Don’t let Big Banks run wild. Keep Dodd-Frank.”

Contact them by phone:

  • Sen. Dianne Feinstein: (202) 224-3841 or (415) 393-0707
  • Sen. Kamala Harris: (202) 224-3553 or (415) 355-9041

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.

Senate votes this week to repeal rules governing Big Banks.

Congress is under pressure from the financial sector to roll back banking regulations passed in the wake of the 2008 financial crisis. The Senate is set to vote this week to repeal some of those regulations, giving in to Big Bank lobbyists and hurting the rest of us.

There’s a reason Citigroup and other Big Banks want this so badly. While much of the bill is seemingly written for smaller banks, there are key provisions that the largest financial institutions could exploit to avoid the limits on their behavior imposed by Dodd-Frank. This would weaken the oversight needed to stave off the type of dangerous lending and investing that brought the U.S. economy to its knees.

Read more:

Source: Daily Action

By | 2018-03-06T11:03:04+00:00 March 6th, 2018|Call to Action|0 Comments

Call to Action for Friday, March 2

Easy form letter about nuclear weapons that gets sent to Sacramento

Urge your assembly member to support the resolutions so California can take a powerful stand against nuclear weapons policies that increase the chance of nuclear war and put all of us at risk, and help send a powerful message to Washington that we need to change the nuclear status quo.

By | 2018-03-02T15:00:44+00:00 March 2nd, 2018|Call to Action|0 Comments

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.

Read more:

By | 2018-02-28T14:26:04+00:00 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+00:00 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:

(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)

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

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

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+00:00 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)


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