Calls to Action for Tuesday, October 3

“When I despair, I remember that all through history the way of truth and love have always won. There have been tyrants and murderers, and for a time, they can seem invincible, but in the end, they always fall. Think of it–always.” — Mahatma Gandhi

Action empowers!

If your heart is breaking about:

  1. The Las Vegas shooting
  2. The devastation in Puerto Rico
  3. Access to health care
  4. Trump’s ongoing efforts to deregulate *everything* friendly to corporations
  5. Big money in politics

1. The Las Vegas shooting:

Oppose two bills that undermine public safety around guns. Call your Senators and Representative to oppose the Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act of 2017, which would require that citizens who are allowed to carry concealed weapons in their home states be allowed to carry their weapons in every other state, and — while talking to your Representative — oppose the SHARE Act, which would deregulate gun silencers (as well as reduce the National Park Service’s ability to regulate hunting). Use this script from 5 Calls:

“I’m calling to express my opposition to [H.R.38 for House/S.446 for Senate]. This bill would invalidate state-level concealed carry restrictions, make it difficult for law enforcement to verify whether a weapon is legally carried, and essentially allow permitless carry across the country. [and when talking to your Representative: I’m also asking Representative ___ to vote against HR 3668, the SHARE Act. The deregulation of gun silencers is dangerous to public safety and security. We must not roll back sensible gun laws that provide a safer community for all.”

  • 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:

Call the Department of Homeland Security to urge a 1-year waiver of the Jones Act to support Puerto Rico’s recovery after Hurricane Maria. Use this script from 5 Calls:

“I’m calling to ask the department to support suspending the Jones Act for Puerto Rico for a 1-year period. Trump’s 10-day suspension is not adequate enough time for Puerto Rico to import all of the needed food, supplies, and fuel required to rebuild after the devastation of Hurricane Maria.”

  • Dept. of Homeland Security: (202-282-8495)

3. Access to health care:

Call your Senators and Representative and urge them to get to work pushing for an immediate reauthorization of funding for The Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), which was allowed 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. 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.”

  • 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

4. Trump’s ongoing efforts to deregulate *everything* friendly to corporations:

Call Senators Feinstein and Harris and ask them to oppose the confirmation of Randal Quarles as the Federal Reserve’s Vice Chair for Bank Supervision. The final vote is expected this week. Quarles would be charged with supervising and regulating banks in order to prevent another financial crisis. However, Quarles spent 15 years representing the very banks that caused the 2008 recession, and plans to enact Trump’s goal of retracting Dodd-Frank banking regulations. Use this script from 5 Calls:

“I’m calling to urge the Senator to oppose the nomination of Randal Quarles as the Federal Reserve’s Vice Chair of Bank Supervision. A Wall Street lawyer who has spent his career fighting crucial regulations and defending the banks that caused the 2008 crisis is unfit to serve as our top banking watchdog.”

  • Sen. Dianne Feinstein: 202-224-3841
  • Sen. Kamala Harris: 202-224-3553

5. Big money in politics:

Call Governor Jerry Brown and urge him to sign AB 249, the California Disclose Act! (Courtesy of TWWSJ Member Markene Smith.). 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
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