Calls to Action for Tuesday, February 13

Well, it’s been quite a week already, and it’s only Tuesday! If you’re feeling disheartened or exhausted or overwhelmed, please know, first of all, that you aren’t alone. But one of the most powerful remedies for feeling helpless is to TAKE ACTION. Today let’s all do one small thing to counter this week’s developments: Make one phone call, write one email, send one fax or Resistbot text/FB message.

Take action on one or more of the issues below:

1. CIVIL RIGHTS FOR PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES — URGENT! Vote expected Thursday 2/15.

H.R. 620 — the misnamed ADA Education and Reform Act — would drastically weaken the Americans with Disabilities Act. If you missed last week’s C2A, you can read more about HR 620 in our post from last week, but essentially this bill would make people with disabilities responsible for ensuring that businesses comply with the ADA, would limit their ability to file a complaint about inaccessibility, and make them wait six months or more for businesses to address the complaints. No other protected group is required to prove their right to access to publicly offered services or wait for services that other people have immediate access to.

Call your Congressional representatives to demand that they oppose this act, and urge friends in other districts to do so as well. (If you’re in Jackie Speier’s district, call her office and protest her co-sponsorship of this horrifying bill!) Use this script from 5 Calls:

“I’m calling to urge Rep. ____ to oppose HR 620, the ADA Education and Reform Act. It is unacceptable to make individuals with disabilities responsible for ensuring businesses comply with the ADA. This bill goes against the spirit of the ADA and will hinder full access to local businesses for people with disabilities.”

Phone:

  • 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
  • Or use 1-844-USA-0234 to reach all your MoC

When calling: remember to leave your name and ZIP code.

2. TRUMP’S PROPOSED BUDGET AND ASSAULT ON THE SAFETY NET:

Yesterday the White House released their new budget proposal for the 2019 Fiscal Year. What matters to you? There’s a good chance that Trump’s budget takes a shot at it. Public education? PBS? NPR? Public funding for the arts? Environmental protections? Medicare? Medicaid? Food stamps? Public housing? Transportation? Essential government services? The Affordable Care Act? Legal Aid? International diplomacy efforts? Yep — all under attack, with proposed cuts of 3 trillion dollars over the next ten years.

What benefits from this budget? The military and the proposed southern border wall. The NY Times calls this budget plan, which Trump needs in order to fund the GOP tax cuts, “one of the greatest transfers of wealth from the poor to the rich in generations. It would also charge trillions of dollars in new debt to the account of future Americans. It’s a plan that could please only far-right ideologues who want to dissolve nearly every part of the federal government, save the military.”

Read more:

Oppose these devastating cuts by calling your Congressional Representatives. Use this script:

“I’m calling to express my deep concerns about Trump’s 2019 budget plan. Drastic cuts to vital healthcare and the social safety net are not the way to help Americans. I urge Rep. ___ to vote against any 2019 budget that slashes funding for Medicaid, Medicare, SNAP, or public housing [or your particular concern].”

Phone:

  • 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
  • Or use 1-844-USA-0234 to reach all your MoC

When calling: remember to leave your name and ZIP code.

3. TURN CONGRESS BLUE:

The March 13th special election is considered a possible preview of the 2018 midterm elections and a referendum on Trump. The Republican Party are putting their full weight behind state representative Rick Saccone. Saccone is a right-winger, opposed to unions, reproductive choice, and the social safety net. Democratic nominee Conor Lamb is a military veteran and federal prosecutor who is refusing to accept corporate PAC donations. Republican money is flooding the district, so please donate to Lamb if you can, and sign up to phone bank for him.

4. CHALLENGE TRUMP’S CORRUPTION (submitted by a TWW-SJ member):

Trump’s inauguration committee raised $107 million, but has not yet released any public accounting as to where the money went (redecorating the White House and Pence’s house are two known uses).

Read more: Trump’s Inauguration Money Is Still Missing One Year After His Administration Took Control of the White House (Newsweek)

Contact your MoC’s to tell them to to press for an immediate accounting. Use this script:

“I’m concerned about where the money went that Trump’s inauguration committee raised. When Rep. Kurt Schrader’s (D-OR) introduces a bill to require future inaugural committees to submit public-disclosure reports on how privately-collected inaugural funds are spent, I hope you will support it as a co-sponsor. Thank you.”

Phone:

  • 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
  • Or use 1-844-USA-0234 to reach all your MoC

When calling: remember to leave your name and ZIP code.

Bonus action: Contact your Senators and ask them to introduce equivalent legislation.

NEED SOME GOOD NEWS? Jen Hoffman publishes a weekly list of resistance actions. This week, her list begins with a list of victories and good news — and some suggestions for writing thank you notes, if you’re practicing gratitude. Read it here.

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