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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+00:00 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:


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.”


  • 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.


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].”


  • 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.


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.”


  • 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+00:00 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.


  • 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.


  • 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


  • 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+00:00 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+00:00 February 4th, 2018|Call to Action|0 Comments

Call to Action for Wednesday, January 31

UNCOVER the Russian Cover-Up

Keeping it simple today with 1 action – the 1 thing MISSING from the SOTU last night. Russia.

Sarah Huckabee Sanders claimed yesterday that “Americans were ‘sick and tired of being inundated with Russia fever.’” (Source: Savannah Guthrie grills Sarah Huckabee Sanders on the ‘Today’ show over Trump targeting key figures in the Russia probe, Business Insider)

Together let’s tell Sanders just how many of us are sick and tired of the Russia cover up.

  • Write her: The White House
    1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
    Washington, DC 20500
  • Call her: 202-456-1414
  • Tweet her: @PressSec and @SarahHuckabee
By | 2018-01-31T12:39:18+00:00 January 31st, 2018|Call to Action|0 Comments

Calls to Action for Tuesday, January 30

1. OPPOSE VOTE TODAY – David Stras for 8th Circuit Court appointment

2. PLAN for the State of the Uniom (sic) – Options for NOT watching the 45 show

3. MOVE Congress on Russian sanctions

Here we go…

1. Vote for appointment is TODAY. David Stras has been nominated to the Eight Circuit Court. Throughout his career, Stras has showcased his far-right leanings — ruled against government transparency, ruled to limit the rights of children with disabilities and women, and demonstrated that he is not a vigilant protector of voting rights.

Call your Senators — David Stras is unfit to serve: 1-844-USA-0234

2. Tonight is the State of the Union (which was spelled UNIOM on the official tickets). Here are some other options for tonight:

  • Watch The State of OUR Union online starting at 5 pm PST
  • Watch the Democratic response to the State of the Union, given by Rep. Joe Kennedy
  • Watch Rep. Maxine Waters on Angela Rye’s State of the Union on BET
  • Make a short video explaining your hopes and dreams for a progressive, inclusive America. Post video Tuesday (1/30) at 9pm EST/6pm PST sharp on all your platforms with the hashtag #StateOfTheDream. Then, retweet all the videos you see with that hashtag.
  • Share this link to promote voter registration.
  • Complete these C2As!

3. Russia Sanctions bill:

  • Senate vote: 98-2
  • House vote: 419-3
  • Trump: missed 2 deadlines for implementing and enforcing sanctions against Russia for past election meddling and to help stave off future meddling & claims “there is no longer a need.”

Remind MofC that there is still a need. 1-844-USA-0234

By | 2018-01-30T11:25:05+00:00 January 30th, 2018|Call to Action|0 Comments

Letter to San Jose City Council Regarding Christopher Columbus Statue

To the leaders of the City of San José:

We the undersigned are members of Together We Will – San José, an intersectional feminist community dedicated to progressive political action. We are writing to support the call for the statue of Christopher Columbus to be moved out of City Hall and into a historical museum (the airport is no more appropriate than City Hall).

Recently, the nation’s attention was captivated by struggles to remove Confederate statues in Charlottesville, Virginia; Annapolis, Maryland; Durham, North Carolina; and Los Angeles, California. Many citizens of varying political persuasions agree that the leaders of oppressive regimes should not be glorified in public places. Unfortunately, we have our own representative of murder, oppression, rape, and misogyny glorified right here in San José. Despite repeated community efforts, a petition with thousands of signatories, a well attended community vigil, and pressure from groups representing a diverse cross-section of San José’s population, a statue of Christopher Columbus still stands in City Hall.

This statue, which represents rape and genocide, is a disgrace to San José and glorifying Columbus is particularly insulting to those of Native/Indigenous ancestry within our community. Few today would agree that Columbus’s legacy is something to be proud of. Yet repeated efforts by community organizations to speak to the issue have met with road blocks and silencing. We are grateful for the contributions of Italians and Italian Americans to the United States and our own community of San José. However, we can honor our region’s Italian American heritage in better ways than by continuing to display prominently a statue that represents violence and genocide to many.

A progressive city in a progressive state should not trail the nation in dispatching this most representative emblem of our nation’s shameful history of genocide into the ignominy to which he belongs. This statue should not be in the airport, in City Hall, or in any area where its placement could condone approval or veneration. Rather, it should be moved to a historical location such as History Park and preserved as a warning to not repeat the mistakes of past times.


70 signatory members of TWWSJ

Additional comments from members:

“How we represent our city really matters, and this statue does not represent inclusivity or justice. It really needs to be in a museum or history park where it can be contextualized more appropriately.”

–TWWSJ member, San Jose

“Let us celebrate our positive San Jose and California history and heroes. We can do much better than Columbus.”

–TWWSJ member, Mountain View

“Commissioning a new art piece for city hall to honor our Italian American heritage would be a great way to replace the Columbus statue. This would support a local artist and help spread awareness about how the Italian American history of our city.”

–TWWSJ member, San Jose

“Christopher Columbus is obviously a relevant historical figure, but he is not integral to the history or image of San Jose. One of the things I love about San Jose is our diversity. Can we be a model of getting along? Can we be respectful of people who were negatively affected by Columbus and the cascade of events he created?”

–TWWSJ member, San Jose

“Please take action! Colonialism belongs in history not in our public buildings. Thank you!”

–TWWSJ member, San Jose

“It is time to put up statues of strong role models.”

–TWWSJ member, San Jose

“Please be sensitive to the hurtful symbolism that the Columbus statue represents to our indigenous fellow citizens. Remove the statue from City Hall!”

–TWWSJ member, San Jose

“Please make City Hall welcoming for all and a place we can be proud of. It can’t be that way with a statue of a murderer in it. Thank you.”

–TWWSJ member, San Jose

“I support finding better representation for our Italian and Italian American citizens. Christopher Columbus is not the man to showcase their contributions, nor represent them.”

–TWWSJ member, San Jose

“It is clear from historical evidence that this is not a symbol that in any way, shape, or form promotes inclusiveness in our community.”

–TWWSJ member, San Jose

“It is important that a public place, that should represent our city’s welcome and justice for all our residents, should not display symbols of oppression that signify a lack of welcome or justice for some of our residents. City Hall and our public airport need to feel like places of fairness and justice for all the members of our public.
“I think if we try, we should be able to find other ways to honor the long-standing contributions to our city by the Italian-American residents; ways that do not feel oppressive to other groups in our city.
“I do not want the statue destroyed. I want us to still be able to remember and honor the contribution that was made by Italian-American residents of San José, while considering the newer understanding of what Columbus’s legacy really is. I think the best location for the statue would be in a museum, such as History Park.
“I request that you hear the voices of the Brown Berets in their statement of the hurt this statue is causing, and I am here to help amplify their voice so you listen and respond to the pain of these fellow San Joséans.”

–TWWSJ member, San Jose

“Not only should we remove the statue, but change Columbus Day to Indigenous Peoples’ Day in our city.”

–TWWSJ member, San Jose

By | 2018-01-29T15:26:22+00:00 January 29th, 2018|Actions|0 Comments

Calls to Action for Monday, January 29


1. ACT – Women’s Rights – Tell Senate to Back Off.

A procedural vote on the measure telling women and doctors what to do with our bodies is expected to take place on Monday. Call your senators to register your disapproval: 1-844-USA-0234

Don’t forget to call out the bill’s 45 co-sponsors, a list of which you can find on Congress.gov.

2. PREPARE – join the activists across the country who are preparing for what happens next if Trump does fire Mueller.

We can text the word “Mueller” to the number 94502 to get alerts from Public Citizen just in case, and we can find and pledge to attend “Nobody Above The Law” rallies that will take place across the country in immediate response to a firing.

3. PROTECT – Trump’s desire to fire Mueller was reported, and now he’s itching to fire Rod Rosenstein as well.

Demand action on legislation to protect the investigation from being obstructed by members of Congress. Tell them we want immediate action on proposed bipartisan bills to protect the special counsel. 1-844-USA-0234

By | 2018-01-29T10:35:37+00:00 January 29th, 2018|Call to Action|0 Comments

Calls to Action for Friday, January 26

Make a few quick calls today…

1. Protect the Special Counsel: New reports reveal that Trump wanted to fire Special Counsel Mueller this past summer, but his lawyer refused. Contact your House and Senate members:

Rough script:

“I’m calling Sen./Rep. ________ to demand that Congress pass legislation to protect the Special Counsel. The American people need to get the full truth about the Russian attack on our democracy.”

  • 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

2. ICE call to action from Christal Niederer

ICE has detained a greencard holder with no criminal record. Physician and legal resident Lukasz Rafal Niec, whose cousin is a TWW-SJ member, was detained by ICE in Michigan, and it has made national news.

How you can help:


Please release Lukasz Rafal Niec. He is in this country legally and has contributed to our society by becoming a respected physician, and inspiring his brother to follow in his footsteps. He has a family here in the US who needs him, and has no remaining connection to Poland. There is no crime on his adult record, and his expunged juvenile record was nonviolent. His detention is an outrageous abuse of the system and waste of taxpayer money.

Read more: ICE detains a Polish doctor and green-card holder who has lived in the U.S. for nearly 40 years (Washington Post)

By | 2018-01-26T12:17:06+00:00 January 26th, 2018|Call to Action|0 Comments

Calls to Action for Wednesday, January 24

1. Net Neutrality. In December, the Federal Communications Commission voted to end Net Neutrality, dealing a major blow to the free and open internet. But Congress has the power to overturn the FCC with something called a Congressional Review Act—and right now, 50 senators have pledged to back it! Susan Collins has joined all Democrats and Independents to support the CRA.

Call our senators to thank them for their support–or call Senator Collins to thank her for this move (if leaving a message, just say you’re a concerned constituent. No need for them to know where you’re from.)

  • Senator Collins: (202) 224-2523, (207) 622-8414, (207) 780-3575, or (207) 283-1101
  • Senator Feinstein: (202) 224-3841 or (415) 393-0707
  • Senator Harris: (202) 224-3553 or (415) 355-9041

2. Gun regulation call to action thanks to Nandini Balakrishna:

The ATF is taking public comments for only two more days on whether they should regulate bump stocks, used in the Vegas shooting to simulate full automatic gun fire. Submit a comment via the Federal Register asking the ATF to ban/regulate bump stocks:

Info to include:

New fully automatic firearms are banned for civilians. Please draft and finalize a rule that tightly regulates civilian ownership and purchase of bump stocks and similar devices that simulate full automatic fire (i.e., trigger cranks, Auto Glove, etc.). This should include, at a minimum, a licensing and registration process like the one we have for machine guns. The cost of unregulated bump stocks will be more mass shootings in which a single gunman is able to inflict massive casualties and injuries.

3. Local action on Community Choice Energy thanks to Vicki Alexander:

Save Community Choice Energy / Reject CPUC Resolution E-4907

What is community choice energy (CCE)?

Community Choice allows cities and counties to purchase power on behalf of their residents and businesses to provide cleaner power options at a competitive price. Because electricity can be bought from cheaper green sources, CCE programs allow cities to dramatically increase their green energy percentage.

What is E-4907?

Resolution E-4907 puts roadblocks and restrictions in the way of community choice energy – delaying green energy in cities like San Jose (see the policy paper for more details). It adds a 2 year suspension to programs not in effect yet and adds a new set of procedures to create a new CCE program.

Read this policy paper from the California Alliance for Community Energy.

What can I do?

Write five postcards calling for the retraction of E-4907. Sample script:

“Please retract CPUC Resolution E-4907. It is an attack on Community Choice Energy programs and would put a two-year freeze on new ones. It also infringes on legislative and local municipal authority.”

Send a postcard to each of these commissioners of CPUC:

  • Commissioner Martha Guzman Aceves
  • Commissioner Clifford Rechtschaffen
  • Commissioner Liane M. Randolph
  • Commissioner Carla J. Peterman
  • CPUC President Michael Picker

Mail to this address:

California Public Utilities Commission
505 Van Ness Avenue
San Francisco, CA 94102

By | 2018-01-25T13:05:30+00:00 January 24th, 2018|Call to Action|0 Comments
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