Call to Action
The traumatic separation of families at the border was a blatant attack on immigrants seeking a better life. Now the terrifying attacks continue: A proposed regulation from the Trump administration would punish immigrants for accessing basic needs programs like Medicaid, food stamps, and housing assistance. Do something TODAY to #ProtectFamilies! Your comments are the one way to stop this:
- Stop Trump’s Cruel Attack on Immigrant Families (Protecting Immigrant Families)
Action via TWWSJ’s community partner, San Jose Peace & Justice Center. Follow them on Facebook!
DEADLINE is in 5 days (October 15)
White House Seeks to Stifle Protests Near White House and on National Mall!
2. Write a Comment OPPOSING this rule. It should be short and direct. Example:
“I strongly oppose this proposed rule. The proposal would close 80 percent of the White House sidewalk, put new limits on spontaneous demonstrations, and open the door to charging fees for protesting. The park service plans to close 20 feet of the 25-foot-wide White House sidewalk, limiting demonstrators to a 5-foot sliver along Pennsylvania Avenue. This is perhaps the most iconic public forum in America, allowing “We the People” to express our views directly to the chief executive.”
3. Your contact information is Optional!
4. Click “Continue” button.
5. Check box “I Read and Understand the Statement” then click “SUBMIT COMMENT.”
6. Make sure that you see the RECEIPT screen and note your Comment Tracking Number.
Thanks to TWWSJ member Rebecca for the steps!
- Say No to Trump’s Plan to Crush Protests in the Nation’s Capital (Partnership for Civil Justice Fund)
SO MANY upcoming phone banks and postcard parties hosted by local organizations! Join them to truly make a difference! Follow TWWSJ’s Google calendar for more ideas.
THURSDAY, OCT. 11:
- Phone banking from 4-8:00 at the Santa Clara County Democratic Party HQ on Moorpark in San Jose to support Josh Harder (CA-10). RSVP via CA Dem.
- Postcards from 7-9pm at the Democratic Volunteer Center in Palo Alto to support Democratic CA Congressional candidates. RSVP via Google Form.
FRIDAY, OCT. 12:
- Postcards from 9-12:00 in the Cambrian area of San Jose to support three women running for Congress. RSVP by emailing Jandy Jones at email@example.com.
- Postcards from 10:30-1:00 in Mountain View to support Georgia candidates. RSVP via Google Form.
- Phone banking from 3:30-6:30 in Mountain View to support Beto O’Rourke (TX Senate candidate against Cruz) . RSVP via Beto for Texas.
SATURDAY, OCT. 13:
- Phone banking from 10-2:00 at the Santa Clara County Democratic Party HQ on Moorpark in San Jose to support CA-10 or CA-21. RSVP via CA Dem.
- Phone banking from 1-4:00 at the DVC in Palo Alto for Beto O’Rourke. RSVP via Beto for Texas.
SUNDAY, OCT. 14:
- Postcards and phone banking from 2-5:00 at Panera Bread in Sunnyvale. RSVP by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Phone banking from 4-8:00 at the Santa Clara County Democratic Party HQ on Moorpark in San Jose to support CA-10 or CA-21. RSVP via CA Dem.
MONDAY, OCT. 15:
- Postcards from 11-1:00 at the DVC in Palo Alto to support Democratic CA Congressional candidates. RSVP via Google Form.
- Phone banking from 4:30-7:30 at the DVC in Palo Alto for Jacky Rosen (NV).
- Phone banking from 6-8:30 on the Alameda in San Jose to support Josh Harder (CA-10). RSVP via Google Form.
TUESDAY, OCT. 16:
- Postcards from 5:30-7:30 in Mountain View to support Georgia candidates. RSVP via Google Form.
- Postcards from 7-9:00pm at the DVC in Palo Alto to support Democratic CA Congressional candidates. RSVP via Google Form.
WEDNESDAY, OCT. 17:
League of Women Voters’ presents a 18th Congressional District Debate with Anna Eshoo and Christine Russell, 7:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. at the Campbell Community Center.
Come support Congresswoman Anna Eshoo as she debates her challenger, Christine Russell. It’s a great opportunity to hear multiple perspectives about the issues we face, and how your Congresswoman is working to solve them. There is no cost for this event. We look forward to seeing you there!
Voter Registration Edition
1. This is the LAST DAY for folks in AZ, FL, GA, HI, IL, IN, KY, NV, NM, OH, PA, or TN to register to vote online; people in MI, MS, MT, and TX must do so by today as well, but in person or by mail.
Ask your friends in these states if they’re registered and if they have checked their status, since the voter rolls in many states have been “cleaned.”
2. California’s voter registration deadline is Oct. 22! Register online via the official site and encourage your friends and family (especially young adults) to do the same. Don’t forget to check your own registration.
Comment below if you’ve checked your voter registration to make sure you’re still on the rolls!
Breath deeply. Channel rage into action and keep fighting — it will pay off in a month!
1. Thank Ana María Archila and Maria Gallagher who held Sen. Jeff Flake’s elevator to ensure he heard of their and other survivors’ sexual assault experiences before he voted on whether to advance Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination process.
“Your patience and tenacity in speaking truth to power made a difference, and inspired me to continue to speak out against sexual assault wherever it is occurring.”
c/o The Center for Popular Democracy
1730 M Street NW, Suite 1115
Washington, DC 20036
2. Write postcards to help Harley Rouda defeat Rohrabacher in CA-48. Sign up at Postcards to Voters. So simple, effective, and quick. They tell you what to write, you only sign your first name, you pick how many cards and when to write, and you feel like you’re making a difference because you ARE!
3. Call Hawaii Senator Mazie Hirono to thank her for coming to vote against Kavanaugh despite recovering from recent surgery for kidney cancer.
- Sen. Mazie Hirono: (202) 224-6361 or (808) 522-8970
4. Sign up to help collate local city council and school board materials at the Democratic Volunteer Center in Palo Alto this week.
- WHEN: Tues 10/9, Wed 10/10, and Thur 10/11 2-5:00
- RSVP at the Democratic Volunteer Center website
(from Wall of Us)
“I was swallowing my secrets and making my body expand and explode. I found ways to hide in plain sight, to keep feeding a hunger that could never be satisfied — the hunger to stop hurting. I made myself bigger. I made myself safer.” — Roxanne Gay on how she coped with sexual assault, from her book Hunger
C2A TAKE ACTION by supporting victims of sexual assault.
ACTION #1 Jam the phone lines to protest Kavanaugh and support Dr. Ford.
- 202-224-3841 Sen. Dianne Feinstein
- 202-224-3553 Sen. Kamala Harris
- 202-225-2631 Rep. Ro Khanna (District 17)
- 202-225-8104 Rep. Anna Eshoo (District 18)
- 202-225-3072 Rep. Zoe Lofgren (District 19)
ACTION #2 Send an e-mail to thank the American Bar Association and/or the Dean of Yale Law School for calling for an investigation of the allegations against Brett Kavanaugh and ask them to encourage others in the profession to speak up, here are email addresses and sample scripts:
“I am writing to thank the American Bar Association for the thoughtful letter sent to the Judiciary Committee recommending it conducts a proper investigation of the allegations against Brett Kavanaugh. In the short window of time left to influence this horrific situation, can you share the letter publicly and encourage other professional bodies to support your recommendations?”
Dear Dean Gerken, thank you for your support of a proper investigation into the allegations of sexual assault and sexual misconduct against Brett Kavanaugh. I hope you will encourage other Deans and leaders in the legal profession to support the call for an investigation.
ACTION #3 Take the time to support ourselves and others who have survived sexual assault.
Be kind to yourself and practice self-care. (New York Times)
Please contact our senators and request they demand Kavanaugh withdraw his nomination for the Supreme Court. The serious and credible allegations against Kavanaugh show he is not fit to serve on and must remove himself from consideration immediately.
- Call: 1-844-6-RESIST
- Email: https://democracy.io/
- Fax: https://faxzero.com/fax_congress.php
- Text using Resistbot: Type RESIST to 50409
- Facebook Messenger: https://www.facebook.com/resistbot/
Thanks for all you do. It matters. Please comment below and share your action!
Email or send this letter to advocate for fair and accurate elections. Email is email@example.com.
Santa Clara County Registrar of Voters
P.O. Box 611360
San Jose, CA 95161-1360
Dear Ms. Bushey,
As a registered voter from [name of your city or town], I am writing to thank you for the work you do to keep our elections fair and secure. The integrity of our elections is worth protecting, and I have some questions about our district’s election preparations for the upcoming midterms.
First, does our district keep an offline daily backup of votes as they are received? And will our district conduct an election audit to ensure accuracy of the vote count?
If we are using electronic voting:
- Does our district have backup pollbooks to check in voters if there’s a problem with electronic pollbooks?
- If voting machines break, will our voting district have enough emergency ballots on hand for 2-3 hours of voters at peak times? How do you estimate needs for adequate numbers of provisional ballots?
- If a voting machine breaks, will each polling center have pre-printed signage that instructs voters on alternative options? What plans are there to accommodate voters with disabilities in this case?
If we are using paper voting:
- Are there sufficient paper ballots printed to permit 100% of registered voters to participate if they all choose to do so?
I take my right to vote seriously, and want to be sure that my vote is fairly and properly counted, along with those of all eligible voters in our district. I would appreciate any information you can provide, so thank you, in advance, for your willingness to help me understand how my district is preparing for the upcoming elections. I look forward to your reply.
[Your email address]
Show your Solidarity! Show up for immigrant and marginalized communities, by advocating with Governor Jerry Brown!
PART 1: ACT ON AT LEAST ONE OF THE FOLLOWING:
a. Help stop rape on the night shift! Support the 100 brave women janitors walking 100 miles from SF to SAC and call Gov. Jerry Brown (916) 445-2841 to tell him to sign AB-2079 (Janitorial workers: sexual violence and harassment prevention training). Follow SEIU United Service Workers West for updates!
b. Support Ethnic Studies in California! AB-2772 allows for high schools in California to apply for grants to incorporate ethnic studies as a curriculum. SB-895 will require the department of education to make a Vietnamese American studies curriculum that will be accessible for district adoption. Studies have shown that when students feel represented in their classroom it increases class engagement, attendance, and performance in other academic areas. Please take the time to call the governors office tomorrow and ask him to sign AB-2772 and SB-895.
c. Stop human trafficking! AB-2034 is on the Governor’s desk for consideration and will require transit employees in bus, train, or light-rail operations to undergo human trafficking awareness training by January 2021. Please email/fax letters to:
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- c.c. email: Ryan.Guillen@asm.ca.gov
- Fax: (916) 558-3177
d. SB-946, which would decriminalize street vending across the state, is on Governor Brown’s desk. Please send letters of support urging the Governor to sign it. Attach a pdf letter and email directly to the following:
COMMENT ON FACEBOOK ABOUT WHICH YOU DID AND HOW IT WENT! Please share scripts and pro tips!
PART 2: AMPLIFY in any of the following ways:
a. SHARE this post on your own timeline.
b. TAG a friend on social media.
c. REPOST in another resistance group.
d. TWEET, INSTA, or otherwise share on another platform!
CONGRATULATIONS for doing this! And thanks for showing your solidarity!
Sunday rally near Valley Fair to protest Brett Kavanaugh Supreme Court nomination (Sharing from MoveOn.org)
WHEN: Sunday, August 26 at 11:30 a.m.
WHERE: The Peace Corner, Santa Clara
Corner of Stevens Creek Blvd & Winchester Blvd (corner near David’s Bridal) (map)
WHY: Protest Brett Kavanaugh confirmation to the Supreme Court!
Supreme Court Justices are nominated and confirmed to the Court for a lifetime appointment. As Trump sits in the White House, a politically polarizing confirmation could set American justice back for decades. The nomination of Brett Kavanaugh is an insult to the agonizingly slow progress of Justice that has been accomplished over the last 242 years! The Democratic party may not have the numbers to block this appointment, but do they have the will. It is frightful to think that there is a real possibility that Democrats could be responsible for ANOTHER conservative appointment.
Let’s show our community that there is real local opposition to Brett Kavanugh’s appointment! Our #StopKavanaugh action is a street protest. We’re taking our message directly to our audience, the public–directly to people who aren’t engaged yet. Directly to people who may not see our message anywhere else in their daily lives. Not to mention all of us standing out there with our signs, waving to them and engaging/inviting them to respond with their car honking, waves, and smiles. This is a great recruitment opportunity for people to see that there are others in our community that care and feel the same way they do.
See you out at The Peace Corner!