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Blog Call Scripts the Week of November 20, 2017

Tell Garamendi to fight for net neutrality

I’m calling from [zip code] to ask Rep. Garamendi to do anything in his power to stop the FCC from killing net neutrality and the strong Title II oversight of Internet Service Providers.

Preserving an open internet is crucial for fair and equal access to the resources and information available on it.

 

Tell senators to vote NO and slow down the Tax Scam bill

My name is ________ and I am a constituent of the Senator  in the _______ zip code. I am also a member of IndivisibleYolo. I am calling to ask the Senator to do everything in her power to block the terrible tax bill being pushed through Congress by the GOP.

This bill is a scam that will give massive tax cuts to the wealthy, paid for by increasing taxes on ordinary taxpayers and by forcing deep cuts to critical programs like Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security. This bill represents a massive transfer of wealth from poor and middle class taxpayers to the richest individuals and corporations. It is especially harmful to states like California, by eliminating SALT (state and local tax) deductions, mortgage interest and property tax deductions, and programs that fund affordable housing.

I hope the Senator will continue her work on all fronts to avoid this tax bill becoming law. 

 

Tell Garamendi to renew funding for the CHIP Program

Hello! My name is [ name ] and I’m calling from [area].

I’m calling to ask that Rep. Garamendi support reauthorization of the Children’s Health Insurance Program immediately. The Children’s Health Insurance Program ensures nearly 9 million children have health insurance. CHIP is a federal-state partnership where the federal government provides most—or in some cases, all—of the funding necessary to cover uninsured children. This is an important and necessary program that protects our children.

Indivisible Yolo Podcast – Diego Rivas of Democrats Abroad in Berlin

Diego Rivas, Chapter Chair of the Democrats Abroad in Berlin, joined us this week on the pod to discuss voter engagement overseas.

Democrats Abroad is the official arm of the Democratic party for Americans living abroad. It’s main purpose is to ensure that voters are able to vote and participate in the civic process. One of the ways they make sure to stay in touch is to send postcards, which members can pick up at their meetings, and to stay informed about issues in their home states.

And Democrats don’t forget about their voters abroad. Several prominent figures, including Martin O’Malley, Eric Garcetti, and Howard Dean, have come to speak to the Democrats Abroad of Berlin, in particular. Some important races are decided by absentee ballots, which are most often cast by Americans living overseas. In 2008, Al Franken even won his senate seat by a mere 312 votes – a number of which were from Americans abroad.

A big focus for the group is voter engagement, which is particularly difficult when members are from diverse areas of origin. In the Berlin group alone, there are few people who come from the same state, let alone the same county. And since states often have different voter registration and ID laws, keeping track and making sure that folks have up-to-date information is crucial and difficult.

Some things that Americans don’t think twice about can make a huge difference for Democrats Abroad. For instance, they must be incredibly selective about who they take donations from, or even sell things to, as they run the risk of taking campaign donations from foreign nationals, which is illegal. Although they often find friends, family, and colleagues sympathetic to their cause, they must be sure to never engage in any sort of financial transaction that could be considered illegal.

In addition to voter engagement, the party at large is pushing a Tax Reform plan, regarding residence based taxation, or RBT. Currently, the US taxes residents of other countries, while they also pay taxes in their country of residence. Many Democrats would like to see fair, residence based taxation, while others argue that removing US taxes would create unfair loopholes for corporations with overseas operations. Whatever the outcome, it’s important that Americans living in other countries are taxed within reason, and that corporations aren’t allowed to circumvent the law through these types of loopholes.

Democrats Abroad, as an official arm of the party, is also involved in the Democratic National Convention, and sends around 13 delegates every year. Similarly to how delegates are designated and selected stateside, the world is divided up into several slices – the Americas, Europe and Africa, and Asia – each of which sends a certain number of delegates. Delegates are chosen the way they are stateside: each delegate runs a small campaign and is elected to represent their district. Diego was lucky enough to be part of the Berlin elections, which is where the European delegates were chosen.

If you’re planning on living abroad, or know someone who is living abroad, the best way to get involved is to go to the Democrats Abroad webpage, and find the nearest group. If there isn’t one, Diego recommends starting a charter – it’s a lot easier than it looks!

Indivisible Yolo Podcast – Kara Hunter of Yolo Conflict and Resolution Center

Kara Hunter, Executive Director of the Yolo Conflict and Resolution Center, visited the podcast this week. The Yolo Conflict and Resolution Center (YCRC) is a local nonprofit that offers mediation and other services to the region. Anyone having a conflict can call YCRC for mediation services for free or low cost, and the group is meant to be a community resource. They also do trainings on conflict resolution skills, communication, and listening, to help people deal with conflicts that come up in the course of their lives. One of their newest endeavors is a restorative justice program, that aims to keep low-level crimes out of the court system and have them handled through a restorative justice and communication process.

Prior to working at YCRC, Kara spent about 14 years working with juvenile offenders, particularly through advocacy and mentorship. The restorative justice program was what drew her to YCRC, because it particularly works with youth and young offenders to keep them out of the courts and out of the prison system.

YCRC, although it doesn’t really have a target group – anyone from the community is welcome to use their services – they tend to focus on groups individuals who interface with the public and often need to have good conflict resolution skills, like police or public figures. The main service they provide, however, is mediation, where two or more parties having a conflict will call upon YCRC to mediate and facilitate communication. Some of their most common cases, particularly in Davis, are landlord tenant cases.

The YCRC actually got it start to fill a void that was left when the city defunded its landlord-tenant mediation services. Former city government employees from that department got together and founded the nonprofit as a way to continue those services in Davis and the greater Yolo region.

YCRC has expanded its programming beyond mediation, to include trainings, like the ones they provide for public figures and others. This is useful for anyone who has conflict at any point in their lives (hint: it’s all of us). Many people get nervous, or angry, when confronted with conflict, and YCRC strives to make communities better at addressing issues in a peaceful, communicative manner. They aim to make conflict a constructive, rather than a destructive, force in both the community at large, and individuals’ lives.

One of the focuses that drew Kara to the organization was this educational service, particularly its focus on youth. There are many people who are never taught how to productively deal with conflict, and YCRC aims to begin education from a young age, which is why it reaches out to youth and particularly at-risk youth, populations.

Currently, YCRC partners with the school district, the police department, and the district attourney’s office. In the future, they’re looking forward to working with the courts and prison systems more, including mentoring and teaching folks as they’re released from the prison system, both in restorative justice practices and in conflict resolution skills. Kara feels this is particularly important because people coming out of the prison system are constantly dealing with conflict, and most people are not naturals at constructively mitigating conflict. She is looking forward to offering their mediation services and trainings to these vulnerable communities, as a way to help them not only productively manage conflict in their own lives, but to use their newfound skills to help integrate back into society after incarceration.

A newer, but exciting program YCRC is offering is restorative justice, which presents a different way of looking at crime – rather than focusing on the act of wrongdoing, they focus on how it has harmed a community, and how to make the wrongdoer understand the harm and the obligations it creates. The program aims to bring together the people involved, and have them come to an agreement by which the harm can be righted or mitigated in some way. Then, once the act or acts of restoration have been completed, the wrongdoers is accepted back into their society, rather than ostracized, and their label of ‘offender,’ is often struck from their record. The program aims to heal in a way that the current justice system does not – Kara points out that many folks who go through the traditional justice system, on both sides of the act, do not feel any type of closure, even after the verdict. The restorative justice program, however, works to create that feeling of closure by bringing together both parties and coming to a mutual agreement.

Currently, the Yolo County DA offers a volunteer program called Neighborhood Court, which deals with low-level crimes in the specified neighborhood. YCRC has facilitated the trainings for the members of the neighborhood courts, and these groups work at helping the offender right the wrong or undo the harm caused by their actions, so that the community can heal and the offender can learn. In addition, YCRC has partnered with Davis Joint Unified School District (DJUSD) for a referral program, where youth who have committed low level, nonviolent crimes (such as graffiti, or possession of marijuana), are brought together with the victim (if there is one), for a dialogue about how to proceed in a way where both the victim and the offender feel the wrong has been righted, and the outcome is achievable for the offender.

Often, restorative justice is called ‘transformative justice,’ because of how it transforms not only the situation of how justice is administered, but how it transforms the offender and the victim, and offers a way of accepting and understanding that allows people to become whole after a wrong has been done. All of us, Kara points out, have done something stupid, and we don’t deserve to be punished for life because of a small offense. If offenders are allowed to work through the wrong, and to reintegrate into the community after it occurs, it can head off many of the school to prison pipelines we see happening all across the country. It’s a slippery slope once a youth is labeled an offender, and Kara acknowledges that some kids really embrace it, which only makes things worse, both for their trajectory, and for the community as a whole. This is even more important when considering racial justice in the community, particularly with who is disproportionately targeted to bear the label of ‘offender,’ for low-level, nonviolent crimes that most youth commit.

Its often said that our prison system is broken, and Kara argues that at its core is the fact that we don’t allow for reintegration into society after someone has been to prison. Once someone is incarcerated, that stays with them for life – they can’t vote, must report it on every job application, and it follows them everywhere. It can become someone’s identity, and it’s no wonder there are so many repeat offenders. We have to, offer people a way to make amends for the crimes they’ve committed, but also, once they have, to accept them back into our society. As Kara mentioned before, people will embrace the labels they are given, especially if they have no way of casting them off, and with that in mind, it’s no wonder we see so many repeat offenders in our prison system.

But Kara is hopeful – many agencies, from law enforcement to the District Attourney’s office, have asked YCRC for help. They acknowledge that there is an issue, and that not only restorative justice, but conflict resolution training, can help change the way things are. Even people in the California Department of Corrections have informally reached out to learn more about restorative justice and what they can do to make the justice system work.

Here in Yolo, particularly in Davis, there have been two high-profile cases that have floated the idea of using restorative justice: the vandalism at the Davis Islamic Center and the Picnic Day 5 incident. Kara points out that while these might seem like good candidates for restorative justice, in order for the process to work, both parties have to come to the table willing and open to discuss. Mandates to participate in restorative justice tend to color or sour the conversation, and can negatively affect the outcomes. Particularly in these cases, the high profile of the events has made all parties involved understandably cautious about their next moves, but restorative justice is still on the table.

To get involved in YCRC check out their facebook page, or go to one of their board meetings. They reserve time at every meeting for public comment and they post the agenda on their website. They talk about everything from the nuts and bolts of a nonprofit to the strategy of which populations they can reach out to next. One group that has been on the YCRC radar is the elder population in Yolo, and what conflicts they might have – from interpersonal conflicts in assisted living facilities, to family disputes around end of life care or wills. Beyond the board meetings, YCRC is always looking for new volunteers and community mediators. They facilitate a community mediator training every year (the upcoming one is in January 2018), and many mediators come back to volunteer with the community mediation process. In addition, they’re always looking for folks to join the restorative justice and neighborhood court programs – facilitator training is free. They are particularly interested in office and legislative interns, and had a fabulous UC Davis intern help them track policy and legislative changes over the summer. More information for all these services, events, and ways to get involved is available on their website.

Blog Call Scripts the Week of October 23, 2017

Tell MoC to support the Alexander-Murray ACA Stabilization Bill

Hi, my name is [NAME] and I’m a constituent from [zip code].

I’m calling to urge the Senator/Representative to support the Alexander-Murray bill to reinstate cost-sharing reduction payments and funding for ACA enrollment outreach. CSR payments help keep individual market premiums down, and failing to reinstate them will leave thousands unable to afford healthcare coverage.

 

Tell Garamendi to renew funding for the CHIP Program

Hi, my name is [NAME] and I live in zip code ______.

I’m calling to urge the Representative to pass a bipartisan reauthorization of the Children’s Health Insurance Program before the funding lapses on September 30th. Millions of children rely on this funding for insurance, and its reauthorization should not be held hostage to score partisan victories.

Thank you so much for your time.

Indivisible Yolo Podcast – Driscoll’s Boycott with Dillan Horton

Dillan Horton, assembly district 4 delegate, and Executive Director of the Yolo County Dems, stopped by this week to talk to us about the Driscoll’s Boycott and why it’s so important.

The Driscoll’s boycott has been in effect since late 2015, but has picked up speed recently, particularly with the endorsement of groups like the Yolo County Democrats. The boycott began because Driscoll’s, a company based in California, outsources a large part of its farm labor to San Quintín, Mexico, in Baja California, where workers make around $6 a day, and allegations of sexual assault and child labor are common. The farm workers have formed a union, but Driscoll’s has refused to negotiate with the representatives, which is why workers have called for a boycott.

Despite the farms being in Mexico, Yolo County Dems, and other organizations, feel that it’s imperative that we use our power as consumers to stand against unjust labor practices wherever they happen. Dillan points out it’s especially troubling, because Mexico is not only our neighbor, they’re a vital trade partner and member of NAFTA. With plenty of US elected officials penning and passing legislation aimed at gutting unions, this is not just Mexico’s issue, but one that affects all the members of NAFTA, and working people everywhere.

Part of the reason that unfair farming practices can still exist is because smaller farms are struggling to survive, particularly outside of the US. With the establishment of NAFTA, US farms were able to expand their markets and compete with Canadian and Mexican farmers in their respective countries. However, many farms and agribusinesses in Canada and Mexico were unable to compete with the heavily subsidized US agriculture, and as a result, US agriculture managed to monopolize the market. Even within the United States, the consolidation of Big Agriculture, and the inability of small farmers to compete has concentrated economic power in very few, large, subsidized American corporations.

Counterintuitively, the United Farmworkers’ Union – famous for its boycotts of grapes and tomatoes here in California, and for its leadership like Cesar Chavez and Dolores Huerta – has not publically supported the strikes and boycotts of Driscoll’s. This is, in part, because of a change in the makeup of the board of the union, which has been colonized by represetatives from agribusiness.

Another challenge the boycott faces is the inability to access Driscoll’s finances. Driscoll’s is a private company – it has not gone public, meaning it does not have to publish quarterly earning statements, or answer to investors. This means that there are not public records, or even shareholder records, of its earnings, which makes it difficult to assess the level of financial pressure felt by the company. Regardless, it’s still possible to bring Driscoll’s to the negotiating table, whether negotiators have the exact numbers for Driscoll’s losses or not.

To effectively participate in the boycott, one merely needs to not buy Driscoll’s berries wherever they’re sold. In Yolo, that includes Trader Joe’s, Coscto, Safeway, and the Nugget. This doesn’t require boycotting the store – Safeway has other berry choices besides Driscoll’s – simply not buying the berries will do. In addition, share. No, not your berries, the information. The more folks who know and participate in the boycott, the more power the workers will have when Driscoll’s comes to the negotiating table, and the sooner that will happen. Post about your boycott on social media, tell your friends about it – particularly if you know they’re ‘regular berry consumers,’ and encourage them to share, as well.

The sooner Driscoll’s feels the financial pressure, the sooner these workers will have justice.

 

You can read Dillan’s piece in the Vanguard here.

Indivisible Yolo Podcast – Anoosh Jorjorian of Rainbow Families and Safe Yolo

Anoosh Jorjorian is the Coordinator for Safe Yolo and Yolo Rainbow Families, as well as the founder of the Yolo Justice and Action Network, and a member of Davis Phoenix Coalition and the Parents for Equity for Davis Teachers.

Safe Yolo is a group founded after the election, in order to protect those directly in the crosshairs of the Trump administration. They work closely with the Yolo Interfaith Immigration Network (YIIN), and Sacramento ACT, who are working to help families prior to detention, and during ICE raids. Sacramento ACT, in particular, provides legal observer training for those interested, and does so in partnership with the ACLU and People Power groups. Safe Yolo is focused on aiding families during incarceration, particularly providing legal aid to detainees, since studies show that those with legal representation are less likely to be deported. They are in the process of securing a grant that would allow for a public defender in Yolo to act on the behalf of undocumented immigrants in detention.

Rainbow Families is a subset of the Davis Phoenix Coalition, focused on providing support and advocating for LGBTQIA families – parents, children, and extended family. At its inception, the group provided support to gay and lesbian parents, but since the passage of marriage equality, queer parents haven’t needed the same levels of support, and the group has shifted its focus to advocating for trans and gender nonconforming kids in Davis Joint Unified School District. They plan to branch out to other districts, particularly Woodland, once they feel that trans students in Davis have a secure footing and are well represented to the district and board at DJUSD.

Anoosh advocates for teachers, as well as kids. The Parents for Equity for Davis Teachers is a group dedicated to advocating for better wages and benefits for the teachers in DJUSD. Davis’ teachers are paid the lowest wages of the surrounding areas, despite Davis being a very affluent community. Davis teachers often can’t afford to live in Davis, and those that are retiring are leaving spaces that are difficult to fill. Davis has a high turnover rate, which hurts kids who don’t have continuity in their teaching staff. At one Davis school, a classroom has started its school year without a full time teacher, which will mean inconsistency for the children until the vacancy is filled.

In doing all this advocacy, Anoosh noticed that there wasn’t a lot of coordination between groups, who often had the same end goal in mind. In the spirit of collaboration, and in the hopes that groups could pool resources and better affect change, she created the Yolo Justice and Action Network for progressive causes in the Yolo area. It is a facebook page where she amplifies progressive actions going on in the Yolo community, and something you can follow to get updates on actions you can take in your community.

She’s always looking for people to help manage the Yolo Justice and Action Network page, particularly since the UC Davis school year has started up, and the number of events has skyrocketed. If you’d like to get in touch with her, you can message the YJAN facebook page, or any of the other groups she’s affiliated with, or shoot her an email. Davis Phoenix Coalition is always looking for volunteers, as well, and they are easily accessible through their facebook page. Sacramento ACT has a facebook page, as well, and you can call or text their ICE hotline at (916) 245-6773.

 

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If you liked this podcast, or have a comment, feel free to email us – indivisibleyolopodcast at gmail.com.

If you’d like to learn more about some of the subjects we’ve covered in this podcast, check out some of our other podcasts:

Yolo County Supervisor Don Saylor on Yolo County’s Safe County Resolution and Immigrant Detention in Woodland

Arvind Reddy on People Power in Davis

Ann Block on Immigrant Legal Rights

Tracy Tomasky and Gloria Partida on the Davis Phoenix Coalition

Antonio DeLoera Brust on Migrant Camps in Yolo County

Indivisible Yolo Podcast – Arvind Reddy of People Power

This week the Indivisible Yolo Podcast featured Arvind Reddy, a member of People Power’s UC Davis Immigration and Policing Task Team. People power was created by the ACLU after the election of Donald Trump, as a way to increase grassroots organizing, and to engage community members both on local and national levels. Arvind got involved with People Power shortly after the election by attending a meeting for the Davis chapter.

 

The issue of police violence has been thrust into a national spotlight through the efforts of people like Colin Kaepernick, DeRay McKesson, and women who founded Black Lives Matter – Alicia Garza, Opal Tometi, and Patrisse Cullors. On the other hand, we have a president who advocates “roughing up” criminals, and groups that espouse All Lives Matter and Blue Lives Matter rhetoric as a way of perpetuating status quo. People Power in Davis follows the ACLU model of condemning violence against civilians, and supports the goals of Black Lives Matter, although they do not always work directly with the group. Generally, People Power’s goals vary state by state, community by community, depending on the needs and beliefs of residents. The ACLU and People Power strive to protect those who are peacefully protesting, who are exercising their first amendment rights, and to condemn violent actions against peaceful protesting. It also supports police reform, although again, the degree of reform depends on the community.

 

The Davis People Power group is advocating for better relations between the UCD Police Department and its community, the Davis Police Department and its community, and is working on immigration issues pertaining to ICE activity in Yolo, as well as the release of the Picnic Day 5 (tune in to podast 32 with Stephanie Parriera to learn more).

 

Legislatively, SB54 has been signed into law by the governor, making California the first Sanctuary State, which is something the ACLU and People Power have both supported. The bill reduces and condemns cooperation between state police forces and ICE, but the original version of the bill was weakened prior to passing in the Senate, at the behest of police unions and lobbying groups. There have been exceptions carved out for ICE’s ability to enter correctional facilities and county jails, and to cooperate with correctional officers. The bill does designate sanctuary areas where ICE cannot operate, like hospitals and schools.

 

Both UCD PD and Davis PD are required to comply with SB54, but since UC Davis campus is open – unlike a hospital or elementary school – the lines are blurred, and there are possible cases where UCDPD can cooperate with ICE. The bill does not outline the consequences for failure to comply, so it remains to be seen what kind of effect this will have on state policing.

 

UCD Police Department has a fairly new Police Accountability Board that is open to the public and meets once a quarter. However, its meeting times are during the middle of the day (noon to 1pm), and it is held at the Memorial Union. The meetings are not well advertised, and there is very little transparency. There is a public record of the meetings, but many topics are deemed unavailable for confidentiality reasons, as Arvind found out when he requested a copy of the document.

 

In addition, Police Accountability Board reports to the Chief of Police, who has veto power on their decisions, effectively making them powerless to enforce any judgements. There has only been one case where an officer was found at fault, and the Chief was able to override the decision of the PAB.

 

Anonymous complaints are often ignored, or downplayed, as well, as the board cites “lack of information.” This sounds reasonable, but with no enforcement power, complaintants have much to lose by coming forward, so anonymous complaints are a safer way to report misconduct. However, this decreases the likelihood of any action by the PAB. So far, the PAB seems to be ineffective, as there have been no disciplinary actions taken against police for misconduct, despite cases continually being brought before the board.

 

When submitting a complaint, using the online form, complaintants must give a reason for their complaint, yet there are no boxes for sexual misconduct, or immigration related issues. These are cases where anonymous complaints would be particularly helpful, since harassment complaints are often ignored to the detriment of the complainant, and retaliation by the abuser is often the result.  

 

Many who are calling for police oversight and accountability are merely calling for the same kind of workplace accountability that exists in every job. If someone behaves badly at work, or bungles a project, they are reprimanded in a manner that is appropriate for the size of the mistake (or they should be, anyway). This kind of workplace accountability does not exist for police officers. Asking for police oversight and accountability is merely asking that police officers do their job – serving and protecting the citizens in their communities – appropriately and correctly.

 

To get involved with a People Power in your area, check out the ACLU People Power website, or contact us at indivisibleyolopodcast at gmail dot com, and we can get you in touch with People Power in Davis. The next UCD PD oversight meeting is October 18th from 12-1pm in the Fielder Room of the Memorial Union on the UC Davis campus. If you’d like to let UCD PAB know that they should change their meeting times to accommodate more community input, you can contact them at pab@ucdavis.edu. You can request their meeting minutes through that email or on the police accountability board website, as well.

Blog Call Scripts the Week of October 9, 2017

Tell Gov. Brown to tell Trump we want to see his tax returns and sign SB-149

Hello, my name is _____ and I am from ____________. I am also a member of IndivisibleYolo.

I strongly urge Gov. Brown to sign SB-149, Presidential primary elections: ballot access, into law.

I am appalled that we currently have president who simply refused to follow the bipartisan tradition of transparency of showing his tax returns before the election. Who knows what conflicts of interest and other things he is trying to hide.

California has a strong voice with more than 10% of the electoral votes. Trump will never get his hands on those but will he go as far as not even get his name on the ballot to keep his secrets? Let’s find out!

The bill has to be signed before Oct. 15, when can I count on Gov. Brown to sign this bill into law?

 

Tell Gov. Brown to expose dark money in politics and sign AB249 into law

Hello, my name is _____ and I am from ____________. I am also a member of IndivisibleYolo.

I urge Gov. Brown to sign AB-249, *Political Reform Act of 1974: campaign disclosures*, into law.

Voters deserve to know who is behind the political messages that are being brought to them. Currently donors are hiding behind the names of obscure committees with feel-good names, we want to know who the ACTUAL top donors are.

Our legislators has finally shown courage and passed this bill despite the resistance of their donors. I hope Gov. Brown will do the same.

The bill has to be signed before Oct. 15, when can I count on Gov. Brown to sign this bill into law?

 

Thank Senator Feinstein for Proposing Ban on Bump Fire Stocks in the Wake of Las Vegas Shooting

My name is _________ and I am a constituent from zip code ________.

I am calling to thank Senator Feinstein for taking action in the wake of the Las Vegas shooting and proposing a ban on bump fire stocks. This is a very small step but any step in the right direction is worth taking.

I hope she will continue to push for not only this specific bill but common sense gun safety rules in general in the future.

 

Urge both senators to oppose the “Make-the-Rich-Richer Tax Cuts” proposed by Trump and the Republican Party

My name is __________. I am a constituent, and my zip code is _______. I am a member of IndivisibleYolo.

I strongly oppose the “Make-the-Rich-Richer Tax Cuts” proposed by Trump and the Republican Party. I am calling to urge Sen. Feinstein to oppose the House passed Budget bill that clears the way for approval of tax cuts for the wealthy with only a simple majority vote in the senate. Fair changes to the tax code can only be achieved through regular order in the Senate, a process that involves both parties and requires a 60-vote majority.

​I urge you to:

1. Oppose any changes to the tax code until Trump releases his tax returns.
2. Oppose the Budget bill that prohibits a senate filibuster on tax cut legislation.
3. Oppose any Budget or tax cut bills that have not be fully and fairly analyzed and scored by the CBO.
4. Oppose any new tax cuts or loopholes for wealthy individuals or Fortune-500 corporations.

 

Tell Rep. Garamendi to raise public awareness of the next open enrollment period for ACA

My name is _____ and my zip code is ____. I am calling as a member of IndivisibleYolo.

I am asking Representative Garamendi to please do everything in his power to raise public awareness of the next open enrollment period to apply for or renew coverage in the Health Insurance Marketplace which begins on 1 November 2017.

He should not delay action on this very important public health matter.

Blog Call Scripts the Week of October 2, 2017

Tell Rep. Garamendi: Gun Silencers = More Deaths. “NO” on the Share Act (HR 3668)

I am calling from [zip code] to urge Rep. Garamendi to vote “NO” on the Sportsmen’s Heritage and Recreational Enhancement (SHARE) Act (HR 3668).

This bill deregulates silencers and contains a host of other alarming provisions for weakening federal gun laws. Deregulating silencers is not about protecting sportsmen’s hearing; it’s about increasing profits for gun manufacturers and making us more unsafe.

 

Tell Rep. Garamendi to Protect the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) Now! 

Hi, my name is _______ and I’m a constituent from zip code______ and a member of IndivisibleYolo.

I’m calling to ask the Representative to push for an immediate extension to CHIP, and to push for long term solutions by making CHIP funding permanent.

CHIP provides health insurance for 9 million children (and the program expired on September 30th, as efforts to extend it were delayed due to the awful Graham-Cassidy bill).

The need to insure children in poor and under served communities has not, and will not, diminish. It’s time to push for a more permanent solution to secure the health and wellbeing of the children in our country,

It is past time to get this done and keep those 9 million children safe, both for the immediate, and long term future.

As Rep. Jan Schakowsky (D-Ill.) says, “this is a real crisis that still can be averted in just a few minutes of time — now and not later.”

Will the Congressperson push for immediate action to extend CHIP?

Blog Call Scripts the Week of September 25, 2017

Tell your Members of Congress to Deliver Emergency Funding to Puerto Rico

Hi, my name is ______ and my zip code is _______. I’m a member of IndivisibleYolo.

I am deeply concerned that Congress and the Trump administration have not provided adequate assistance to Puerto Rico following the devastation of Hurricanes Irma and Maria. 3.5 million Americans live in Puerto Rico, and right now they need federal support. Hurricane Maria has devastated the Island, leaving at least ten dead, and millions without power. Puerto Rico deserves the same immediate federal response that victims of Hurricane Harvey received.

I am asking the Senator/Representative to lead a legislative effort in Congress to deliver emergency funding to the people of Puerto Rico, who are citizens of the United States and deserving of our help.

 

Stop TrumpCare by asking red-state constituents to call their Senators!

Click here to sign up to make phone calls from our peer-to-peer dialing tool.

Your tireless (and loud!) constituent power killed TrumpCare in July. And now, millions of people are depending on you to do it again. But if you live in a state with two Democratic Senators who oppose the ACA, you may be asking yourself: what more can I do? How can I influence persuadable Republicans in red states who may be on the fence?

You’ll get an email confirmation with a login, password, and URL to sign into our system. Once signed in, you can start making calls immediately — and they’ll give you a script to make it as easy as possible!

Blog Call Scripts the Week of September 18, 2017

Tell your Senators to Fight against Graham-Cassidy Act

Hi, my name is ______ and my zip code is _____. I’m a member of Indivisible.

I’m calling to ask the Senator to oppose the Graham-Cassidy Act, which is essentially TrumpCare 3.0. It still destroys Medicaid as we know it by fundamentally and permanently transforming the program into a per-capita cap.. The bill also still undermines protections for people with pre-existing conditions and people who need treatment for opioid abuse by allowing states to waive essential health benefits.

 

Tell Rep. Garamendi to Stand up for the Disabled Community and Vote No on HR620

Hello, my name is _________ and I am a constituent from zip code ______.

I am calling today about HR620, the ADA Education and Reform Act. I am very concerned about the implications this bill. ADA has existed for 27 years and yet disabled people still faces a lot of limitations in their daily life. This bill significantly slows down the process for removing barriers for the disabled and practically removes any incentive for businesses to remove barriers pro-actively.

I urge the Representative to oppose this dismantling of the ADA and stand up for the disabled community.

Blog Call Scripts the Week of September 11, 2017

Tell your representatives to fight for long term solutions to climate catastrophes

Hello, my name is ________, and I am a constituent from zip code____________.

I am calling today to talk about climate change.

As the record hurricanes devastate the South East our most immediate concern is to take care of the victims and get communities rebuilt. However, it is hugely important that we also talk about long term solutions to avoid future events like these.

Long term, however, we MUST start taking climate change seriously. It is time to invest in alternative energy and make real steps towards reducing our nation’s carbon footprint. Continuing to rely on fossil fuels will not only speed up climate change and leave us with more climate catastrophes like the hurricanes, it will also put our industries at a disadvantage in the long run.

I know that the representative already takes climate change seriously but it is time to speak up on its urgency.

 

Thank Assemblymember Aguiar-Curry for supporting SB54

Hi, my name is _____ and my zip code is _____. I am a member of IndivisibleYolo.

I’m calling to thank assemblymember Aguiar-Curry for supporting SB54. It is important that we as Californians stand up to the Trump administration against their attempt to vilify immigrants. I hope she will continue to fight for the integrity of the bill and not let it get watered down with amendments.

 

Urge Governor Brown to support the current form of SB 54, which would make California a sanctuary state

Hello, my name is _____ and I am from ____________. I am also a member of IndivisibleYolo.

I’m calling Governor Brown to ask him to withdraw his proposed amendments to SB 54. SB 54 is intended to shield California’s immigrants from persecution by the Trump administration, and his amendments would undo critical components of the bill. I am particularly concerned that the amendments would direct California’s prisons and jails to comply with unconstitutional immigration detainees. I’m asking the Governor to support SB 54 as written, not to weaken its protections for undocumented Californians.