DUE TUESDAY: Call to Action for Sunday, November 4

URGENT Call for comments!!! I know there’s a lot going on right now, but Tuesday, November 6 is the LAST DAY to comment on the Trump admin’s proposal to allow indefinite detention of minor immigrants – i.e. unending imprisonment of innocent children. Go to the regulations dot gov link to comment directly, and see more info and scripts you can copy and personalize:

From 5calls:

In 1997, a federal court decided in Flores v. Reno that the government couldn’t detain an immigrant child beyond a reasonable amount of time, defined in 2014 as 20 days. To work around this legal obligation, the Trump administration is considering detaining asylum-seeking families together for 20 days, and then forcing the parents into a “binary choice” – either stay in family detention with their children for an undetermined amount of time, or allow the children to be taken into government custody in the hopes a relatives can seek guardianship. Asking parents to make such a choice is not only immoral, but also potentially illegal under current law.

By | 2018-11-04T16:41:52+00:00 November 4th, 2018|Call to Action|0 Comments

URGENT Call to Action for Thursday, October 25

Urgent! California Atty Gen. Becerra is asking urgently for everybody concerned about the proposed EPA rollback of SAFE vehicle emissions standards to comment by 9pm PDT on Friday, October 26 to Docket Number EPA-HQ-OAR-2018-0283.


In August, the EPA proposed rolling back vehicle emission standards (in place since 2012) and put forward much weaker “SAFE Vehicle” standards that will result in worsening air pollution and greenhouse gases. Studies show that air pollution not only aggravates asthma and lung disease, it harms children’s developing brains.

See also:

Comment here: 

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By | 2018-10-25T19:11:57+00:00 October 25th, 2018|Call to Action|0 Comments

Call to Action for Friday, October 12

The traumatic separation of families at the border was a blatant attack on immigrants seeking a better life. Now the terrifying attacks continue: A proposed regulation from the Trump administration would punish immigrants for accessing basic needs programs like Medicaid, food stamps, and housing assistance. Do something TODAY to #ProtectFamilies! Your comments are the one way to stop this:

Action via TWWSJ’s community partner, San Jose Peace & Justice Center. Follow them on Facebook!

By | 2018-10-12T18:43:44+00:00 October 12th, 2018|Call to Action|0 Comments

Take Action to Oppose Anti-Protest Rule

DEADLINE is in 5 days (October 15)

White House Seeks to Stifle Protests Near White House and on National Mall!

1. Go to https://www.regulations.gov/comment?D=NPS-2018-0007-0001

2. Write a Comment OPPOSING this rule. It should be short and direct. Example:

“I strongly oppose this proposed rule. The proposal would close 80 percent of the White House sidewalk, put new limits on spontaneous demonstrations, and open the door to charging fees for protesting. The park service plans to close 20 feet of the 25-foot-wide White House sidewalk, limiting demonstrators to a 5-foot sliver along Pennsylvania Avenue. This is perhaps the most iconic public forum in America, allowing “We the People” to express our views directly to the chief executive.”

3. Your contact information is Optional!

4. Click “Continue” button.

5. Check box “I Read and Understand the Statement” then click “SUBMIT COMMENT.”

6. Make sure that you see the RECEIPT screen and note your Comment Tracking Number.

Thanks to TWWSJ member Rebecca for the steps!

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By | 2018-10-11T20:50:16+00:00 October 11th, 2018|Call to Action|0 Comments

Calls to Action for Thursday, October 11

SO MANY upcoming phone banks and postcard parties hosted by local organizations! Join them to truly make a difference! Follow TWWSJ’s Google calendar for more ideas.


  • Phone banking from 4-8:00 at the Santa Clara County Democratic Party HQ on Moorpark in San Jose to support Josh Harder (CA-10). RSVP via CA Dem.
  • Postcards from 7-9pm at the Democratic Volunteer Center in Palo Alto to support Democratic CA Congressional candidates. RSVP via Google Form.


  • Postcards from 9-12:00 in the Cambrian area of San Jose to support three women running for Congress. RSVP by emailing Jandy Jones at jandyrebeccajones@gmail.com.
  • Postcards from 10:30-1:00 in Mountain View to support Georgia candidates. RSVP via Google Form.
  • Phone banking from 3:30-6:30 in Mountain View to support Beto O’Rourke (TX Senate candidate against Cruz) . RSVP via Beto for Texas.


  • Phone banking from 10-2:00 at the Santa Clara County Democratic Party HQ on Moorpark in San Jose to support CA-10 or CA-21. RSVP via CA Dem.
  • Phone banking from 1-4:00 at the DVC in Palo Alto for Beto O’Rourke. RSVP via Beto for Texas.


  • Postcards and phone banking from 2-5:00 at Panera Bread in Sunnyvale. RSVP by emailing loretolqd@gmail.com.
  • Phone banking from 4-8:00 at the Santa Clara County Democratic Party HQ on Moorpark in San Jose to support CA-10 or CA-21. RSVP via CA Dem.


  • Postcards from 11-1:00 at the DVC in Palo Alto to support Democratic CA Congressional candidates. RSVP via Google Form.
  • Phone banking from 4:30-7:30 at the DVC in Palo Alto for Jacky Rosen (NV).
  • Phone banking from 6-8:30 on the Alameda in San Jose to support Josh Harder (CA-10). RSVP via Google Form.


  • Postcards from 5:30-7:30 in Mountain View to support Georgia candidates. RSVP via Google Form.
  • Postcards from 7-9:00pm at the DVC in Palo Alto to support Democratic CA Congressional candidates. RSVP via Google Form.


League of Women Voters’ presents a 18th Congressional District Debate with Anna Eshoo and Christine Russell, 7:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. at the Campbell Community Center.

Come support Congresswoman Anna Eshoo as she debates her challenger, Christine Russell. It’s a great opportunity to hear multiple perspectives about the issues we face, and how your Congresswoman is working to solve them. There is no cost for this event. We look forward to seeing you there!

By | 2018-10-11T20:41:27+00:00 October 11th, 2018|Call to Action|0 Comments

Call to Action for Tuesday, October 9

Voter Registration Edition

1. This is the LAST DAY for folks in AZ, FL, GA, HI, IL, IN, KY, NV, NM, OH, PA, or TN to register to vote online; people in MI, MS, MT, and TX must do so by today as well, but in person or by mail.

Ask your friends in these states if they’re registered and if they have checked their status, since the voter rolls in many states have been “cleaned.”

2. California’s voter registration deadline is Oct. 22! Register online via the official site and encourage your friends and family (especially young adults) to do the same. Don’t forget to check your own registration.

Comment below if you’ve checked your voter registration to make sure you’re still on the rolls!

By | 2018-10-09T08:52:14+00:00 October 9th, 2018|Call to Action|0 Comments

Calls to Action for Monday, October 8

Breath deeply. Channel rage into action and keep fighting — it will pay off in a month!

1. Thank Ana María Archila and Maria Gallagher who held Sen. Jeff Flake’s elevator to ensure he heard of their and other survivors’ sexual assault experiences before he voted on whether to advance Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination process.

“Your patience and tenacity in speaking truth to power made a difference, and inspired me to continue to speak out against sexual assault wherever it is occurring.”


c/o The Center for Popular Democracy
1730 M Street NW, Suite 1115
Washington, DC 20036

2. Write postcards to help Harley Rouda defeat Rohrabacher in CA-48. Sign up at Postcards to Voters. So simple, effective, and quick. They tell you what to write, you only sign your first name, you pick how many cards and when to write, and you feel like you’re making a difference because you ARE!

3. Call Hawaii Senator Mazie Hirono to thank her for coming to vote against Kavanaugh despite recovering from recent surgery for kidney cancer.

  • Sen. Mazie Hirono: (202) 224-6361 or (808) 522-8970

4. Sign up to help collate local city council and school board materials at the Democratic Volunteer Center in Palo Alto this week.

By | 2018-10-08T21:05:59+00:00 October 8th, 2018|Call to Action|0 Comments

Call to Action for Wednesday, October 3

(from Wall of Us)

“I was swallowing my secrets and making my body expand and explode. I found ways to hide in plain sight, to keep feeding a hunger that could never be satisfied — the hunger to stop hurting. I made myself bigger. I made myself safer.” — Roxanne Gay on how she coped with sexual assault, from her book Hunger

C2A TAKE ACTION by supporting victims of sexual assault.

ACTION #1 Jam the phone lines to protest Kavanaugh and support Dr. Ford.

  • 202-224-3841 Sen. Dianne Feinstein 
  • 202-224-3553 Sen. Kamala Harris
  • 202-225-2631 Rep. Ro Khanna (District 17)
  • 202-225-8104 Rep. Anna Eshoo (District 18)
  • 202-225-3072 Rep. Zoe Lofgren (District 19)

ACTION #2 Send an e-mail to thank the American Bar Association and/or the Dean of Yale Law School for calling for an investigation of the allegations against Brett Kavanaugh and ask them to encourage others in the profession to speak up, here are email addresses and sample scripts:

  • abanews@americanbar.org

“I am writing to thank the American Bar Association for the thoughtful letter sent to the Judiciary Committee recommending it conducts a proper investigation of the allegations against Brett Kavanaugh. In the short window of time left to influence this horrific situation, can you share the letter publicly and encourage other professional bodies to support your recommendations?”

  • heather.gerken@yale.edu

Dear Dean Gerken, thank you for your support of a proper investigation into the allegations of sexual assault and sexual misconduct against Brett Kavanaugh. I hope you will encourage other Deans and leaders in the legal profession to support the call for an investigation.

ACTION #3 Take the time to support ourselves and others who have survived sexual assault.

Be kind to yourself and practice self-care. (New York Times)

Volunteer to provide crisis support to survivors. (RAINN)

Donate to RAINN.

By | 2018-10-03T08:56:30+00:00 October 3rd, 2018|Call to Action|0 Comments

Call to Action for Tuesday, September 18

Please contact our senators and request they demand Kavanaugh withdraw his nomination for the Supreme Court. The serious and credible allegations against Kavanaugh show he is not fit to serve on and must remove himself from consideration immediately.

Thanks for all you do. It matters. Please comment below and share your action!

By | 2018-09-18T18:44:01+00:00 September 18th, 2018|Call to Action|0 Comments

Call to Action for Sunday, September 16

Email or send this letter to advocate for fair and accurate elections. Email is registrar@rov.sccgov.org.

Shannon Bushey
Santa Clara County Registrar of Voters
P.O. Box 611360
San Jose, CA 95161-1360

Dear Ms. Bushey,

As a registered voter from [name of your city or town], I am writing to thank you for the work you do to keep our elections fair and secure. The integrity of our elections is worth protecting, and I have some questions about our district’s election preparations for the upcoming midterms.

First, does our district keep an offline daily backup of votes as they are received? And will our district conduct an election audit to ensure accuracy of the vote count?

If we are using electronic voting:

  • Does our district have backup pollbooks to check in voters if there’s a problem with electronic pollbooks?
  • If voting machines break, will our voting district have enough emergency ballots on hand for 2-3 hours of voters at peak times? How do you estimate needs for adequate numbers of provisional ballots?
  • If a voting machine breaks, will each polling center have pre-printed signage that instructs voters on alternative options? What plans are there to accommodate voters with disabilities in this case?

If we are using paper voting:

  • Are there sufficient paper ballots printed to permit 100% of registered voters to participate if they all choose to do so?

I take my right to vote seriously, and want to be sure that my vote is fairly and properly counted, along with those of all eligible voters in our district. I would appreciate any information you can provide, so thank you, in advance, for your willingness to help me understand how my district is preparing for the upcoming elections. I look forward to your reply.

Yours sincerely,

[Your name]
[Your address]
[Your email address]

By | 2018-09-16T16:57:28+00:00 September 16th, 2018|Call to Action|0 Comments
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