“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!
- Call the Department of Education and insist that Betsy DeVos not gut Title IX sexual assault protections.
- Call your Senators and urge them not to confirm Trump’s appointees.
- Call the Governor (and your Assemblymember) about immigration protections in California
- Call Republican senators on the Judiciary Committee about the DREAM Act of 2017
- 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.”
- 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?”
- 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.”
- 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).