Call to Action Archive 2017-09-13T22:55:31+00:00

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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

February 9th, 2018|Categories: 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 (

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

February 4th, 2018|Categories: 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
January 31st, 2018|Categories: 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

January 30th, 2018|Categories: Call to Action|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

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

January 29th, 2018|Categories: 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)

January 26th, 2018|Categories: Call to Action|0 Comments
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