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.

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