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Calls to Action for Thursday-Sunday, October 5-8

“Where you see wrong or inequality or injustice, speak out, because this is your country. This is your democracy. Make it. Protect it. Pass it on.” — Thurgood Marshall

Action empowers! Take a few moments to act on some of the issues below. And let us know in the comments how it goes, and/or what issues you’re working on.

  1. Gun control in the wake of the Las Vegas shooting
  2. The devastation in Puerto Rico
  3. Access to health care
  4. Big money in politics
  5. Trump’s calls for more deportations of immigrants
  6. Supporting Together We Will – San José

1. Gun control in the wake of the Las Vegas shooting:

Yes — we can move the needle on this, and thousands of people are doing their best to do so. Call your Senators and Representative and urge support for a couple of the following measures, all endorsed by gun violence prevention experts and supported by a vast majority of Americans:

  • Closing the loophole that lets people buy guns at shows and through private sellers without background checks
  • Instituting universal background checks for ammo and gun buyers, and require gun licenses, a measure 80% of gun owners support
  • Removing the 21-year-old Dickey Rider from the federal budget and finally allow the CDC to research gun violence prevention (the partisan budget provision currently prohibits the CDC from doing so).
  • Funding evidence-based community anti-violence programs, like Ceasefire, which have been shown to reduce shootings through education and public health crisis strategies.

Contact information:

  • Sen. Dianne Feinstein: (202) 224-3841
  • Sen. Kamala Harris: (202) 224-3553
  • Rep. Zoe Lofgren: (202) 225-3072
  • Rep. Ro Khanna: (202) 225-2631
  • Rep. Anna Eshoo: (202) 225-8104

2. The devastation in Puerto Rico:

2+ weeks after the hurricane, hunger and dehydration are on the rise in Puerto Rico. Call your Senators and Representative to demand that Congress do more to help. You can focus on the following proposals, suggested by the Center for Popular Democracy:

  1. The approval from Congress of an aid package -with no strings attached- that prioritizes the just and sustainable rebuilding of Puerto Rican communities.
  2. The complete and irrevocable repeal of the Jones Act, a law that has subordinated Puerto Rican trade capacity to US private interests for too long and impose a unbearable economic burden on Puerto Ricans.
  3. The complete and irrevocable forgiveness of all Puerto Rican public debt by Congress. Also consider donating to the CPD’s Maria Fund to help low-income communities in Puerto Rico or another reputable fund.

Contact information:

  • Sen. Dianne Feinstein: (202) 224-3841
  • Sen. Kamala Harris: (202) 224-3553
  • Rep. Zoe Lofgren: (202) 225-3072
  • Rep. Ro Khanna: (202) 225-2631
  • Rep. Anna Eshoo: (202) 225-8104

3. Access to health care:

Congress allowed the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) to expire on 9/30. CHIP insures children whose families’ incomes are too high to qualify for Medicaid and currently covers about 5.7 million people. If you haven’t already done so, please call your Senators and Representative and urge them to get to work pushing for an immediate reauthorization of funding for CHIP. Use this script from 5 Calls:

“I’m calling to urge Senator ___ to support S. 1827, the bipartisan reauthorization of Children’s Health Insurance Program Funding. / I’m calling to urge Representative ___ to work to pass a bipartisan reauthorization of the Children’s Health Insurance Program. Millions of children rely on this funding for insurance, and its reauthorization should not be held hostage to score partisan victories.”

Contact information:

  • Sen. Dianne Feinstein: (202) 224-3841
  • Sen. Kamala Harris: (202) 224-3553
  • Rep. Zoe Lofgren: (202) 225-3072
  • Rep. Ro Khanna: (202) 225-2631
  • Rep. Anna Eshoo: (202) 225-8104

AND call the Department of Health and Human Services to demand that it not obstruct Americans’ enrollment in the ACA (Affordable Care Act), with policies widely regarded as attempts to undercut the whole program. Use this script from 5 Calls:

“Hi, my name is [NAME] and I’m a constituent from San Jose. I’m calling to ask the department maintain the ACA’s full promotional efforts for open enrollment and stop any unnecessary website outages that would prevent individuals from signing up. It’s in the best interest of the American people for the ACA to be faithfully implemented and not vindictively sabotaged.”

  • Dept. of Health & Human Services: (202) 205-5445

4. Big money in politics:

If you haven’t already done so, please call Governor Jerry Brown and urge him to sign AB 249, the California Disclose Act! AB 249 will require ballot measure ads to clearly and prominently show the real names of their top 3 funders — the first bill in the nation to do so. Use this script:

“Hi. I’m calling to ask Governor Brown to sign AB 249, the California DISCLOSE Act. We need AB 249 so political ads have to show who really pays for them, because everybody is sick and tired of wealthy interests buying elections with secret money.”

  • Gov. Jerry Brown: (916) 445-2841 or (877) 257-9661

5. Trump’s calls for more deportations of immigrants:

The California legislature passed the landmark “sanctuary state” legislation, in the form of S.B. 54, to shield thousands of undocumented immigrants. It would sharply limit state and local law enforcement’s collusion with federal immigration authorities. The L.A. Times has an excellent summary of the bill. As yet, Governor Jerry Brown has not signed the bill. Please call or email him and urge him to do so. Use this script:

“I’m calling to ask Governor Brown to sign SB 54. State and local law enforcement resources should go towards making communities safer, not targeting people for immigration violations.”

  • Gov. Jerry Brown: (916) 445-2841 or (877) 257-9661

6. Supporting Together We Will – San José:

  • If you haven’t already “liked” our Facebook page, please do so here: https://www.facebook.com/twwsanjose/
  • Come to the monthly meeting (it’s fun!): Thursday, October 19, 7-9 p.m. Comment below if you need more information or haven’t seen the event notification.

Thanks for all you do. It matters. Don’t forget — if you don’t like making phone calls, you can email, fax, or text Congress! Email: https://democracy.io/; Fax: https://faxzero.com/fax_congress.php; Text using Resistbot: Type RESIST to 50409.

By | 2017-10-05T09:47:37+00:00 October 5th, 2017|Call to Action|0 Comments

Calls to Action for Tuesday, October 3

“When I despair, I remember that all through history the way of truth and love have always won. There have been tyrants and murderers, and for a time, they can seem invincible, but in the end, they always fall. Think of it–always.” — Mahatma Gandhi

Action empowers!

If your heart is breaking about:

  1. The Las Vegas shooting
  2. The devastation in Puerto Rico
  3. Access to health care
  4. Trump’s ongoing efforts to deregulate *everything* friendly to corporations
  5. Big money in politics

1. The Las Vegas shooting:

Oppose two bills that undermine public safety around guns. Call your Senators and Representative to oppose the Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act of 2017, which would require that citizens who are allowed to carry concealed weapons in their home states be allowed to carry their weapons in every other state, and — while talking to your Representative — oppose the SHARE Act, which would deregulate gun silencers (as well as reduce the National Park Service’s ability to regulate hunting). Use this script from 5 Calls:

“I’m calling to express my opposition to [H.R.38 for House/S.446 for Senate]. This bill would invalidate state-level concealed carry restrictions, make it difficult for law enforcement to verify whether a weapon is legally carried, and essentially allow permitless carry across the country. [and when talking to your Representative: I’m also asking Representative ___ to vote against HR 3668, the SHARE Act. The deregulation of gun silencers is dangerous to public safety and security. We must not roll back sensible gun laws that provide a safer community for all.”

  • Sen. Dianne Feinstein: 202-224-3841
  • Sen. Kamala Harris: 202-224-3553
  • Rep. Zoe Lofgren: (202) 225-3072
  • Rep. Ro Khanna: 202-225-2631
  • Rep. Anna Eshoo: (202) 225-8104

2. The devastation in Puerto Rico:

Call the Department of Homeland Security to urge a 1-year waiver of the Jones Act to support Puerto Rico’s recovery after Hurricane Maria. Use this script from 5 Calls:

“I’m calling to ask the department to support suspending the Jones Act for Puerto Rico for a 1-year period. Trump’s 10-day suspension is not adequate enough time for Puerto Rico to import all of the needed food, supplies, and fuel required to rebuild after the devastation of Hurricane Maria.”

  • Dept. of Homeland Security: (202-282-8495)

3. Access to health care:

Call your Senators and Representative and urge them to get to work pushing for an immediate reauthorization of funding for The Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), which was allowed to expire on 9/30. CHIP insures children whose families’ incomes are too high to qualify for Medicaid and currently covers about 5.7 million people. Use this script from 5 Calls:

“I’m calling to urge Senator ___ to support S. 1827, the bipartisan reauthorization of Children’s Health Insurance Program Funding. / I’m calling to urge Representative ___ to work to pass a bipartisan reauthorization of the Children’s Health Insurance Program. Millions of children rely on this funding for insurance, and its reauthorization should not be held hostage to score partisan victories.”

  • Sen. Dianne Feinstein: 202-224-3841
  • Sen. Kamala Harris: 202-224-3553
  • Rep. Zoe Lofgren: (202) 225-3072
  • Rep. Ro Khanna: 202-225-2631
  • Rep. Anna Eshoo: (202) 225-8104

4. Trump’s ongoing efforts to deregulate *everything* friendly to corporations:

Call Senators Feinstein and Harris and ask them to oppose the confirmation of Randal Quarles as the Federal Reserve’s Vice Chair for Bank Supervision. The final vote is expected this week. Quarles would be charged with supervising and regulating banks in order to prevent another financial crisis. However, Quarles spent 15 years representing the very banks that caused the 2008 recession, and plans to enact Trump’s goal of retracting Dodd-Frank banking regulations. Use this script from 5 Calls:

“I’m calling to urge the Senator to oppose the nomination of Randal Quarles as the Federal Reserve’s Vice Chair of Bank Supervision. A Wall Street lawyer who has spent his career fighting crucial regulations and defending the banks that caused the 2008 crisis is unfit to serve as our top banking watchdog.”

  • Sen. Dianne Feinstein: 202-224-3841
  • Sen. Kamala Harris: 202-224-3553

5. Big money in politics:

Call Governor Jerry Brown and urge him to sign AB 249, the California Disclose Act! (Courtesy of TWWSJ Member Markene Smith.). AB 249 will require ballot measure ads to clearly and prominently show the real names of their top 3 funders — the first bill in the nation to do so. Use this script:

“Hi. I’m calling to ask Governor Brown to sign AB 249, the California DISCLOSE Act. We need AB 249 so political ads have to show who really pays for them, because everybody is sick and tired of wealthy interests buying elections with secret money.”

  • Gov. Jerry Brown: (916) 445-2841 or (877) 257-9661
By | 2017-10-03T09:17:44+00:00 October 3rd, 2017|Call to Action|0 Comments

Calls to Action for Wednesday, September 27

  1. Attend “Light Up the Night” hosted by Next Door Solutions
  2. Last day to make a public comment on the repeal of the Clean Water Rule

TAKE ACTION by attending the “Light Up the Night” event on Thursday, October 5, 2017, at 6:00PM. The event is being hosted by Next Door Solutions at the San Jose Women’s Club. Use the following link to RSVP and coordinate rides and meet up places so TWW-SJ members can enjoy the event together.

If you cannot attend, you can still donate to the cause.

C2A In conjunction with Domestic Violence Awareness Month, “Light Up the Night” will be an evening of celebration and remembrance emceed by Marla Davies of MIX106.5. Please join us for wine tasting and hors d’ oeuvres, hear from a survivor about her own personal journey, learn about the services available to the victims of domestic violence and participate in a candle lighting ceremony. There will be live music provided by Lara Price TRIO and a silent auction.

BACKGROUND INFORMATION Domestic violence crosses all socio-economic, ethnic and religious boundaries and affects every part of the lives damaged by it. Although the problem is complex, Next Door Solutions believes the solutions must be client-centered, community based, and engage diverse groups of community leaders, volunteers, donors, advocates and clients in order to create real solutions that eradicate domestic violence for good. Next Door believes in peace and social justice for all and operates every day knowing that peace in the community begins with peace in the home. They provide innovative prevention and intervention services to all families in Santa Clara County.

CLEAN WATER RULE Please consider filing a public comment about the proposed repeal of the Clean Water Rule (today is the last day for public comment): https://act.americanrivers.org/page/1597/action/1

By | 2017-09-27T09:27:17+00:00 September 27th, 2017|Call to Action|0 Comments

Call to Action for Tuesday, September 26

TAKE ACTION by calling Governor Brown and asking him to sign the affordable housing bills that the state legislature passed the week of September 10, 2017.

Use the following script or create a message using your own words.

“Four important affordable housing bills were just passed by the California state legislature. I’m urging Governor Brown to sign SB2, SB3, SB35, and AB1505. Thank you for working to address California’s affordable housing crisis.”

C2A: Fifteen housing related bills were passed as the legislature finished up their session. The CEO of The Housing Trust spoke at a workshop that Vicki attended, and he said that four (4) of these bills are quite important, and they’re all waiting for Governor Brown’s signature. The four important bills are:

  1. SB2 provides $250M annually for affordable housing from real estate document fees
  2. SB3 is a $4B affordable housing bond that will now go to voters in 2018
  3. SB35 is a streamlining bill to more quickly approve developments that meet city guidelines and is aimed at cities that aren’t meeting their affordable housing goals
  4. AB1505 allows cities to once again have “inclusionary” zoning in new rental apartment developments. Under inclusionary zoning, local governments require developers of market-rate housing to include units affordable for low- and moderate-income residents.

BACKGROUND INFORMATION 

Special thanks to Vicki Carter Alexander for submitting this C2A!

By | 2017-09-26T08:30:30+00:00 September 26th, 2017|Call to Action|0 Comments

Calls to Action for Sunday, September 24

Today’s action submitted by Vicki Carter Alexander.

TAKE ACTION to help protect the Mojave Desert! Speak out against moving groundwater from the Mojave to SoCal! Write or call the following two senators and voice your strong support for AB 1000 and ask that it be released for a vote!

  • Contact Senator Ricardo Lara, who is the Chair of the Committee where the bill is stuck (send message from sd33.senate.ca.gov or call (916) 651-4033 directly)
  • Senator Kevin De Leon the President Pro Tem of the State Senate, who can also move bills through the State Senate (send message from sd24.senate.ca.gov or call (916) 651-4024 directly)

Please do this as soon as possible. Use the following script or create a message in your own words.

“Please support AB 1000, the California Desert Protection Act. I understand that this bill is currently stuck in committee. Please release this bill for a vote.”

C2A: Focus on keeping desert groundwater in the desert (or at least be sure you are not killing that desert before you move its water). Assembly Bill (AB) 1000 “Water conveyance use of facility with unused capacity” is a bill that was introduced by assembly member Laura Friedman in 2017. It was motivated by an action that Cadiz Inc. is taking to move water from the Mojave Desert to southern California (see (http://www.cadizinc.com/). AB 1000 is currently blocked from moving forward in the legislature. Please work to get it UN-blocked!

BACKGROUND INFORMATION: This bill states, “Existing law prohibits the state or a regional or local public agency from denying a bona fide transferor of water from using a water conveyance facility that has unused capacity for the period of time for which that capacity is available, if fair compensation is paid for that use and other requirements are met.” This bill would, notwithstanding that provision, prohibit a transferor of water from using a water conveyance facility that has unused capacity to transfer water from a groundwater basin underlying desert lands, as defined, that is in the vicinity of specified federal lands or state lands to outside of the groundwater basin unless the State Lands Commission, in consultation with the Department of Fish and Wildlife, finds that the transfer of the water will not adversely affect the natural or cultural resources of those federal and state lands.”

Further reading:

By | 2017-09-24T20:56:23+00:00 September 24th, 2017|Call to Action|0 Comments

Call to Action for Friday, September 22

TAKE ACTION by messaging your senators right now to tell them in NO WAY should they support the Graham-Cassidy attempt to take away healthcare. Use this link to CUSTOMIZE AND SEND A LETTER.

If a letter is not your style, you can also CALL THE UNITED STATES CAPITOL SWITCHBOARD at (202) 224-3121. A switchboard operator will connect you directly with the Senate office you request.

C2A: Trumpcare and Congress is making use of a special legislative procedure called budget reconciliation, Graham-Cassidy ONLY NEEDS A SIMPLE MAJORITY TO PASS and cannot be filibustered.

BACKGROUND INFORMATION: Dozens of healthcare associations have come out in opposition to Graham-Cassidy such as the AARP, the American Medical Association, the American Hospital Association, and the America’s Health Insurance Plans. A common observation made by those that oppose Graham-Cassidy is that millions of Americans would lose health insurance coverage.

Here are facts that you need to know…

  1. Graham-Cassidy would ELIMINATE MEDICAID EXPANSION and INTRODUCES FUNDING CAPS that will result in $215 billion in cuts by 2026
  2. Graham-Cassidy would create a waiver system in which STATES CAN OPT OUT OF KEY ACA MARKET RULES like pre-existing conditions and mandated coverage areas
  3. Graham-Cassidy includes provisions that would REPEAL FEDERAL TAX CREDITS for healthcare costs and medical devices, and REMOVE THE EMPLOYER MANDATE structure, and includes an amendment that would DISQUALIFY PLANS that include “coverage for abortions”

If that is not enough reason to take a stand, keep in mind that rushing the process on the bill means there is not a full report from the Congressional Budget Office. Lawmakers will not know how much the legislation would cost or how many people could lose their coverage.

https://rules.house.gov/bill/115/hr-1628

By | 2017-09-22T16:58:59+00:00 September 22nd, 2017|Call to Action|0 Comments

Call to Action for Wednesday, September 20

TAKE ACTION to help make Environment and Public Health Bills Law. Use this link to customize and send a letter to Governor Brown.

Sierra Club California petition

SUBMIT A CALL 2 ACTION
Thanks everyone! Please comment below and share your action!

C2A
Ask Governor Brown to sign into law key bills that will reduce climate pollution, advance environmental justice in access to energy efficiency funds, close a loophole in environmental review, and help continue advancing solar rooftop electricity and energy storage.

BACKGROUND INFORMATION
Climate deniers and lobbyists for polluting industries are already writing and collecting letters to oppose good environmental bills. The governor needs to hear from the rest of California to sign into law the bills that will make a difference for the environment.’

By | 2017-09-20T19:01:34+00:00 September 20th, 2017|Call to Action|0 Comments

Calls to Action for Wednesday, September 13

“Continuous effort – not strength or intelligence – is the key to unlocking our potential.” –-Winston Churchill

1 national call, 5 CA State Specific Actions!

  1. Contact the Senate Judiciary Committee and Senator Feinstein and tell them to schedule a hearing hearing on DACA ASAP and move the Dream Act out of committee
  2. Call Governor Brown and ask him to stand with immigrants and support SB 54
  3. Tell Evan Low to Protect Our California Values
  4. Protect the Mojave Desert – Call your State Senators regarding Assembly Bill 1000- moving groundwater from the Mojave to SoCal
  5. Call the state regarding SB 623 – to provide all Californians have access to safe and affordable drinking water.
  6. Attend an event in support of renters’ rights, taking place on Friday.

1. Contact the Senate Judiciary Committee and tell them to schedule a hearing hearing on DACA ASAP and move the Dream Act out of committee

The Senate Judiciary Committee has indefinitely postponed a hearing on DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) that was to take place today. http://thehill.com/homenews/senate/350144-senate-committee-postpones-daca-hearing

Contact Info:

  • Senate Judiciary Committee 202-224-5225
  • Senator Feinstein, Committee Member: (202) 224-3841 or (415) 393-0707

2. Call Governor Brown and ask him to stand with immigrants and support SB 54

Thank you to Cassie for this C2A.

The California Values Act (SB 54), moved out of the Assembly Public Safety Committee with overwhelming support. The bill continues to gain momentum across the state with new backers from teachers associations to environmental organizations. Not even the Trump-friendly California State Sheriffs Association has slowed our campaign down.

But there is someone who has yet to come out in support of the California Values Act. Governor Brown has remained silent on the bill throughout the legislative process, even as the bill continues to move through the second house!
http://www.iceoutofca.org/support-sb-54.html

Contact:

  • Gov. Brown: 916-445-2841

Script:

My name is ________, a constituent from (city), (zip code). I am calling today to ask Governor Brown to support the California Values Act, SB 54, in its current form, so that California can continue to lead the way in protecting our immigrant communities. We need stronger protections beyond the TRUST Act to protect members of our communities and SB 54 will do just that. Will the ​Governor support the CA Values Act?

3. Tell Evan Low to Protect Our California Values

Thank you to Cassie for this C2A.

Background: The vote is coming up any day this week and Evan Low STILL refuses to tell his constituents how he plans to vote! He’s a crucial vote right now and we need everyone here in Silicon Valley (constituents and not) to make this call to tell him to vote “yes” to protect our immigrant friends & neighbors.

SB 54, the California Values Act, will protect the safety and well-being of all Californians by limiting state and local resources from fueling mass deportations, separating families, and terrorizing our communities. California must stand with immigrants, not with the California Sheriff Association’s shameful collusion with Trump’s anti-immigrant agenda.

More info: https://actionnetwork.org/events/tell-assemblymember-evan-low-to-stand-up-for-our-california-values

Contact Info: (408) 446-2810

Script:

Hi, my name is ___ and I’m a constituent from CITY / ZIP CODE. I’m calling to ask Assemblymember Evan Low to support the California Values Act SB-54. The California Values Act will protect all Californians by making sure that local resources are not used to separate families or violate Californians due process rights. It will also reduce deportations and discrimination on the basis of race, religion, identity, or sexual orientation. I was disappointed to learn that Assemblymember Low hasn’t taken a stance on this issue and I want to encourage him to please stand up for our California values and support SB-54!

4. Protect the Mojave Desert – Call your State Senators regarding Assembly Bill 1000- moving groundwater from the Mojave to SoCal

Thank you to Vicki Alexander for this C2A.

Background: AB 1000 is a bill that was introduced by assembly member Laura Friedman in 2017. It was motivated by an action that Cadiz Inc. is taking to move water from the Mojave desert to southern California. AB 1000 is currently blocked from moving forward in the legislature.
AB 1000 essentially would block a private company from moving groundwater from inside a desert that is on or near federal/state-owned lands to ELSEWHERE (e.g. southern California urban or suburban communities) without first getting assurance it would not adversely impact the life of that desert. Makes sense, doesn’t it?

More Info from Kat Nos: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1NtLhAdKvlxsT-hZea17xzrVwvF0vpiEVt-OFJst2GC0/edit Focus on keeping desert groundwater in the desert.

See LA Times Op Ed of August 21st (co-authored by Dianne Feinstein and the bill’s author). Its title is “The scheme to pump desert water to L.A. could destroy the Mojave. California’s Legislature needs to block it”:
http://www.latimes.com/opinion/op-ed/la-oe-feinstein-friedman-cadiz-mojave-desert-20170821-story.html

Script:

Please support AB 1000, the California Desert Protection Act. I understand that this bill is currently stuck in committee. Please release this bill for a vote.

Contact:

5. Call the state regarding SB 623 – to provide all Californians have access to safe and affordable drinking water.

Thank you to TWWSJ member Erin Salter for providing this C2A.

Background: SB 623 would provide an ongoing source of funding to ensure all Californians have access to safe and affordable drinking water. More than 300 communities and one million Californians are exposed to unsafe drinking water from the taps in their homes, schools, and communities each year. Please call your Assemblymember today to urge their support for SB623 and safe, affordable drinking water.

Script:

Hi, I am calling to ask Assemblymember [Name] to support SB 623 and ensure safe, affordable drinking water for all Californians.

Contact info: Dial 559-206-3602, enter your zip code, and you will be connected with your Assemblymember.

6. Attend an event in support of renters’ rights, taking place on Friday.

Thank you to Stephenie Rose Cooper for this C2A

Here’s one in San Jose: https://www.facebook.com/events/1965280950379301/

Tell us how it goes in the comments below! Thanks for your activism – it matters!

By | 2017-09-13T22:51:29+00:00 September 13th, 2017|Call to Action|0 Comments

Calls to Action for Tuesday, September 12

“My dream is of a place and a time where America will once again be seen as the last best hope of earth.” –Abraham Lincoln

5 Resistance Opportunities today. Aim to do all 5!

  1. Call your local House Representative to Prevent The Prevent The Deportation Of Nonviolent Undocumented Immigrants
  2. Call Your Local Representative In The House To Oppose Drastic Tax Cuts For The Rich
  3. Request Attorney General Jeff Sessions Undergo A Lie-detector Test Like The National Security Council
  4. Tell Your Members Of Congress To Defend DACA by Influencing other MoC on DACA’s Positive Contributions To The Nation
  5. Call the state regarding SB 623 – to provide all Californians have access to safe and affordable drinking water.

1. Call your local House Representative to Prevent The Prevent The Deportation Of Nonviolent Undocumented Immigrants

Background: On Tuesday, September 12th, Trump’s supporters in the House of Representatives will attempt to ram through H.R.3697, the so-called “Criminal Alien Gang Member Removal Act.” This bill’s misleading title hides its malicious content: it amends the Immigration and Nationality Act to give the Department of Homeland Security sweeping authority to designate who is (or was, no matter how many years ago) in a gang, and to deport them without challenge. For example, undocumented immigrants who commit “immigration offenses” under section 274 of the Immigration and Nationality Act – including harboring another undocumented immigrant – would be considered gang members. Make no mistake: this bill creates a legal authority to launch a wave of deportations that cannot be challenged.

Script:

Hi, my name is [NAME] and I’m a constituent from San Jose.
I’m calling to express my strong opposition to H.R.3697, the so-called “Criminal Alien Gang Member Removal Act,” which would label many non-violent undocumented immigrants as gang members and give the Department of Homeland Security the power to deport them without challenge. Rep ___________ must vote NO on this undemocratic and immoral bill.
Thank you for your hard work answering the phones.

Contact Info:

  • Zoe Lofgren: (202) 225-3072 or (408) 271-8700
  • Ro Khanna: (202) 225-2631 or (408) 436-2720
  • Anna Eshoo: (202) 225-8104 or (408) 245-23391

2. Call your House representative to oppose drastic tax cuts for the rich

Background: House Republicans have proposed a budget that dramatically cuts funding for essential services like Medicaid, Medicare, Meals on Wheels, and Social Security disability programs. If this budget is passed, middle and working class Americans will suffer, especially the older adults, children, and people with disabilities who depend on programs like Medicaid.

Script:

Hi, my name is [NAME] and I’m a constituent from San Jose. I’m calling in opposition to any House budget proposal that makes cuts to Medicare, Medicaid, public education, and other services. Tax cuts for the wealthy at the expense of hardworking families is unacceptable. Thank you for your time.

Contact Info:

  • Zoe Lofgren: (202) 225-3072 or (408) 271-8700
  • Ro Khanna: (202) 225-2631 or (408) 436-2720
  • Anna Eshoo: (202) 225-8104 or (408) 245-2339

3. Request Attorney General Jeff Sessions undergo a lie-detector test like the National Security Council.

Background: Attorney General Jeff Sessions is considering having all of the National Security Council undergo a lie-detector test: http://thehill.com/homenews/administration/350016-sessions-mulling-lie-detector-test-for-entire-nsc-staff-report

Since it is pretty clear that he perjured himself during a Congressional hearing, let’s ask him to go first: https://www.justice.gov/contact-us

4. Tell Your Members Of Congress To Defend Daca by Influencing other Moc on DACA’s Positive Contributions To The Nation

Background: Indivisible Guide has created a new tool shows how many DREAMers are in each state, and the amount of money they contribute in state and local taxes http://bit.ly/2uZyz1b.
There are 237,940 DACA recipients in California alone, and each year they contribute $534,124,000 in State and local taxes. Now it’s up to your representatives in Congress to stand up to Trump’s hateful decision and secure the futures of DACA recipients with a legislative fix: The DREAM Act (S.1615 / H.R.3440).

DACA works, and it has improved the lives of its recipients and their families. Among DACA recipients:

  • 95% are currently working or in school
  • 48% got a job with better working conditions
  • 63% got a better paying job
  • 90% got a driver’s license or state ID
  • 54% bought their first car
  • 12% bought their first home

Call our MoC to demand that they support a clean DREAM Act in both the House and Senate and push other MoC to do the same.

Script:

Hello! My name is [name] and I’m calling from [place in state]. I’m happy that the [Senator/Representative] has signed on as a co-sponsor to the bipartisan DREAM Act. Please tell her/him that as her/his constituent here in [part of State], I expect them to go the extra mile on this bill, and encourage other MoC to get on the right side of history with this issue. It is inhumane to tear away young people who are American in every way except on paper—and our economy would take a huge hit if they are forced to leave their jobs. In California alone DACA recipients pay over $500,000,000 in taxes.

5. Call the state regarding SB 623 – to provide all Californians have access to safe and affordable drinking water.

Thank you to TWWSJ member Erin Salter for providing this C2A.

Background: SB 623 would provide an ongoing source of funding to ensure all Californians have access to safe and affordable drinking water. More than 300 communities and one million Californians are exposed to unsafe drinking water from the taps in their homes, schools, and communities each year. Please call your Assemblymember today to urge their support for SB623 and safe, affordable drinking water.

Script:

Hi, I am calling to ask Assemblymember [Name] to support SB 623 and ensure safe, affordable drinking water for all Californians.

Contact info: Dial 559-206-3602, enter your zip code, and you will be connected with your Assemblymember.

Tell us how it goes in the comments below! Thanks for your activism – it matters!

Don’t forget you can contact your Senators and Representatives through phone (Call 1-844-6-RESIST), email (http://democracy.io), or text (text “Resist” to 50409).

By | 2017-09-12T10:52:01+00:00 September 12th, 2017|Call to Action|0 Comments

Calls to Action for Friday, September 8

“To say nothing is saying something. You must denounce things you are against or one might believe that you support things you really do not.”― Germany Kent

Make four quick calls and write a public comment today!

  1. Call the Department of Education and insist that Betsy DeVos not gut Title IX sexual assault protections.
  2. Call your Senators and urge them not to confirm Trump’s appointees.
  3. Call the Governor (and your Assemblymember) about immigration protections in California
  4. Call Republican senators on the Judiciary Committee about the DREAM Act of 2017
  5. Make a public comment to support overtime

1.  Betsy DeVos & Title IX: Yesterday Secretary Betsy DeVos announced that she will change how the Department of Education enforces Title IX (“9”) federal guidelines with respect to campus sexual assault. Calling the 2011 requirements that schools must (among other things) independently investigate reports of sexual violence between students (regardless of the existence of a criminal investigation) “overreach” and “weaponizing” by the federal government, DeVos will now roll back vital protections. Use this script from 5 Calls:

“Hi, my name is [NAME] and I’m a concerned consistent from ____. I’m calling to urge Secretary DeVos to maintain the critical Title IX (Title 9) protections for survivors of campus sexual assault as guided by the 2011 Dear Colleague Letter. This is a serious and troubling epidemic, and it is vital that schools maintain strong policy guidelines to protect its vulnerable students.”

Contact information: Department of Education: 800-872-5327

2. Call your senators to speak out against 4 of Trump’s federal nominees. Use this script:

“I’m calling to oppose four of Trump’s nominees. Sam Clovis and Jeffrey Bossert Clark are climate change deniers who will not protect Americans’ health and safety. They do not belong in positions as USDA Chief Scientist or Assistant Attorney General for the DOJ Environmental and Natural Resources Division. Eric Dreiband does not believe in civil rights protections and must not be confirmed as Assistant Attorney General for Civil Rights. And finally, Joseph Otting should not be confirmed as Comptroller of the Currency because there’s no evidence he has the integrity to regulate the banks or prevent another recession. I ask the senator to oppose these nominees’ confirmation.”

Contact information:

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

Want more information?

  • Sam Clovis — a racist, homophobic climate change denier — is NOT a scientist: http://www.cnn.com/2017/08/21/politics/kfile-sam-clovis-lgbt-comments/index.html
  • Jeffrey Bossert Clark would be tasked with enforcement of environmental laws and regulations and defend the Environmental Protection Agency — but he is a climate change denier who will privilege corporate interests over the environment or public well-being. He has a long history of opposing environmental protections and represented BP in lawsuits over the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in 2011.
  • The NAACP sums up nominee Eric Dreiband this way: “For the past 20 years, Dreiband has been on the wrong side of issues pertaining to housing, hate crimes and the many other critical areas that the Civil Rights Division oversees as part of its core mission,” http://www.naacp.org/latest/naacp-statement-nominee-head-dojs-civil-rights-division/
  • Finally, under Joseph Otting’s CEO leadership, OneWest Bank engaged in unethical lending practices like robo-signing documents.

3. A California bill, SB 54, would sharply limit communication between law enforcement officers and federal immigration agents. After a promising beginning, the bill has stalled, and legislators and the governor are under heavy pressure to amend the bill or let it die. TWW-SJ member Cassie Kifer writes, “Governor Brown and party leadership are trying to decide right now whether they will move forward with SB-54 or let the bill linger and die. Call them now. Here’s a script:

“My name is _____, and I am calling to ask Gov Brown/Assemblymember ___ to support a strong California Values Act, SB54, in its current form. We cannot use CA’s resources to help the Trump administration deport our friends & neighbors! Will the Governor/Assemblymember support a strong CA Values Act?”

Contact information:

  • Governor Jerry Brown: (916) 445-2841

Look up your Assemblymember here: findyourrep.legislature.ca.gov

  • Ash Kalra: (408) 277-1220
  • Evan Low: (408) 446-2810
  • Kansen Chu: (408) 262-2501

4. Call GOP Senators about the DREAM Act: On Tuesday Trump announced an end to DACA but left the door open for Congress to pass a legislative solution. Call the Republican members of the Senate Judiciary Committee and urge them to sign on as co-sponsors of S.1615 (the Senate’s DREAM ACT). Use this script from Daily Action:

“My name is (NAME), I live in (STATE), and my zip code is (ZIP). I am calling to ask the Senator, as a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, to join Senator Lindsay Graham (Sponsor) and their colleagues Senators Flake, Gardner, and Murkowski in co-sponsoring S.1615 The Dream Act. Please ask the Senator to become part of the bipartisan effort to protect the 800,000-young people who have made their lives in the US after being brought here as children. This is their home. They are Americans. Protecting them is the right thing, the humane thing, and the American thing to do.”

Contact information:

  • Senate Committee on the Judiciary: (202) 224-5225
  • Chairman Sen Chuck Grassley (R-IA): (202) 224-3744
  • Sen Orrin Hatch (R-UT): (202) 224-5252
  • Sen John Cornyn (R-TX): (202) 224-2934
  • Sen Michael Lee (R-UT): (202) 224-5444
  • Sen Ted Cruz (R-TX): (202) 224-5922
  • Sen Ben Sasse (R-NE): (202) 224-4224
  • Sen Mike Crapo (R-ID): (202) 224-6142
  • Sen Thom Tillis (R-NC): (202) 224-6342
  • Sen John Kennedy (R-LA): (202) 224-4623

5. Speak out on overtime pay. From Rogan’s List: “On September 25th, the period for public comment on the Department of Labor’s overtime pay rule will close. The Trump administration is working on undoing an overtime pay rule which was initially set to go into effect December 2016. (http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-labor-overtime/trump-administration-moves-closer-to-undoing-overtime-pay-rule-idUSKBN1AA2DZ) Under the new rule, the maximum salary one could receive in order to qualify for legally mandated overtime pay would have increased to $47,000, double the current threshold. The current salary limit for mandated overtime pay is simply not sufficient; it does not account for different costs of living across the country, and has not been adjusted for inflation since the threshold was set, in 2004. We can share our thoughts on the current minimum salary threshold at the Federal Register: https://www.regulations.gov/document?D=WHD-2017-0002-0001

Tell us how it goes in the comments below! Thanks for your activism – it matters!

Don’t forget you can contact your Senators and Representatives through phone (Call 1-844-6-RESIST), email (http://democracy.io), or text (text “Resist” to 50409).

By | 2017-09-08T08:44:07+00:00 September 8th, 2017|Call to Action|0 Comments
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