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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.

 

Call Scripts the Week of September 4, 2017

Ask Representatives to investigate ICE request to start destroying records

ICE has asked the National Archives and Record Administration (NARA), which instructs federal agencies on how to maintain records, to approve its timetable for retaining or destroying records related to its detention operations. Given the history of the Trump administration and their view on immigrants this is very alarming. This is largely happening under the radar, so the primary function of our first call to our Representatives is simply to make them aware of the issue.

The example script below includes a request speaking out against the destruction of the records. If you do not feel comfortable with that we urge you to still call and simply ask the representatives  if they have looked into the issue. When we called they were not even aware the request had been made and often it takes more than a couple of concerned constituents to make them even look into a problem.

More information here

 

I am calling because I am concerned about the request of ICE to destroy records related to detention operations. It worries me especially given the disdain the Trump administration already have shown for justice. I would like Rep. Garamendi to speak up against the destruction of these records since it reduces transparency and accountability and makes it harder for victims to get justice.

 

Call Scripts the Week of August 28, 2017

Thank Senator Harris and Senator Feinstein for condemning the pardon of racist Sheriff Joe Arpaio

My name is ______ and my zip code is ______.

I’m calling to thank the senator for condemning Trump’s pardon of former sheriff Joe Arpaio.
The president actions reflects a dangerous acceptance of corrupt, racist law enforcement officials and an alarming contempt for justice. I urge the senator to continue to fight!

Thank you for your time and attention.

 

Ask Representative Garamendi to condemn the pardon of racist Sheriff Joe Arpaio

My name is ______ and my zip code is ______.

I’m calling to express my outrage that Trump issued a pardon of former sheriff Joe Arpaio. I ask that Rep. Garamendi publicly condemn this blatant abuse of power and dangerous acceptance of corrupt, racist law enforcement officials.

Thank you for your time and attention.

 

Tell Assemblymember Aguiar-Curry to make our communities safer by supporting SB 54

My name is _____________ and I am a constituent from zip code _______.

I am calling to ask the assemblywoman to vote in favor of SB54 and come out publicly supporting it. Trump is trying to use bullying techniques to make states follow his authoritarian rule, we need to stand up to him. I hope I can count on Cecilia Aguiar-Curry’s support?

Call Scripts the Week of August 21, 2017

 

Thanks Senators Harris and Feinstein for Defending DACA and Co-sponsoring the Durbin-Graham DREAM Act (S. 1615)

Hi, my name is _____ and my zip code is ______.

I’m calling to thank the Senator for co-sponsoring the bipartisan Durbin-Graham “DREAM Act” (S. 1615) to create a legislative fix to the predicament of these young Americans, and take their future out of Trump’s hands. Removing DACA protections from these hundreds of thousands of young people would turn their lives upside down, and harm the communities where they live, work and study. The only beneficiary would be the for-profit private immigrant detention complex and Trump’s runaway deportation machine, which would embark on a new taxpayer-funded mission to apprehend, process, detain and remove these young people.

 

Thank Representative Garamendi for meeting with his constituents this congressional recess

Hi, my name is _____ and my zip code is ______.

I would like to thank Rep. Garamendi for making himself available to his constituents this recess. I really appreciate that he held three town hall meetings to hear our concerns and answer our questions. I especially appreciate that he spoke out against racism at the Unity Rally in Davis.

I hope Rep Garamendi continues to make himself available to his constituents in the coming months.

Shop around to find the right activism fit for you

If we said it once, we’ve said it a million times, finding something you are passionate about and doing it with people you like is the key to sustained involvement in activism, which is essential to take back our country from people like Trump. This new political energy we are seeing has to become a lasting lifestyle change and that only happens if you love doing it. So shop around until you find the right fit. Check out the events on the Yolo Justice and Action Network’s Facebook page, or the Local Advocacy/Activism page on our website for great local organizations.
Once such opportunity is coming up on Sunday! Check out this message from YCP:
Hi Yolo County Progressives,
Luanna here. The last Sunday of the month is upon us and i the Executive Board meeting. This is of course open to all. Since it is still April, an even month, the meeting will be held in Davis at 1517 Oak Avenue on April 30th at 6:30 to 8:30 pm. We will be planning the agenda for our May membership meeting which will be held on May10th at 6:30 to 8:30 pm in Woodland location to be announced.
Hope to see you there!

How Your Voices Made a Difference Last Week: In which a sexual predator is relieved of his position

(Not that sexual predator. Yet.)

Courtesy of 5 Minute Activism via Indivisible Austin

It was a great week full of progress, and ample signs of growing dissatisfaction with Republican leadership.

science march sign

Indivisible Joins Groundbreaking Immigrant-led Action for May Day

May 1 will bring together Indivisibles and labor groups across California to fight the Trump agenda of deporting and terrorizing immigrants. We are uniting with longstanding progressive organizations–for working people, people of color, and immigrants’ rights–standing against the Trump agenda to declare: we are all one people! It’s a public festival and massive show of solidarity to support the largest immigrant-led political action since the election, stand for working families, and welcome the triumphant return of the Caravan Against Fear in its journey across the border to call out sheriffs who cooperate with ICE and their destruction of families.

As organizer Al Rojas says, “It’s about sharing our work & educating those that are not are aware of the issues of working families–it’s about the millions of people who are are being exploited by the corporations & politicians who only care about $$ when it’s the workers who have struggled to win the benefits of Social Security, decent working conditions, pensions, job security, a decent wage and medical benefits”

We join together to march, to vote, and to support the vulnerable: “if you come for any, you’ll have to deal with the many.”

Sign to join us: We meet in Sacramento’s Southside park at 10am then march to the Capitol!

http://www.signupgenius.com/go/5080f4facad2aa3f58-indivisible/

You can join us there or register to carpool with us at 9:30 from Davis or nearby areas:

https://www.groupcarpool.com/t/zrjs3n

To get more involved come to the final organizing meeting Monday April 24 6-7:30pm at USWW-Janitors Union Hall, 1421 21st Street, Rm 310 – Mid-Town Sacramento, CA

And follow the caravan’s journey across the border and back home to Sacramento here:
https://www.caravanagainstfear.org/

Kelly’s weekly action list

One of the best parts of the resistance is seeing people forming action groups and getting involved. This is sprouting up organically all over and is truly inspiring to see.
A great local resource that has been started since the election is Kelly’s weekly action list. (It’s much more nicely formatted in her emails than this post) Every week, Kelly collects calls to representatives at the state and federal level and has people gather Thursday afternoon to make them together. Several other groups have gotten in on the action and are using her list when they meet in each others homes.
If you want to join Kelly’s group, would like to get her list to use in your group, or -best of all- would like to form a group and use her list, shoot us an email at indivisibleyolo at gmail dot com and we’ll make sure you get added to the distribution list.
Below is the list for this week. Let us know if you use it, and take a pic of your group getting together!

Kelly’s List April 13, 2017

I believe health care is a basic human right.
 Background: Many experts believe saving (or tinkering with) Obamacare, while a good first step, is not enough to solve Americans’ health care problems. Instead, we could join almost all other developed countries and guarantee health care for all. SB 562 would enact a single-payer system in California, leading the way for the nation. Google “SB 562” for more information.
 Action: Call State Sen. Bill Dodd & Gov Jerry Brown, both of whom seem reluctant to endorse single-payer.
Contact info for Brown: (916) 445-2841 and State Capitol, Suite 1173, Sacramento, CA 95814.
 Script: Hello, I am a constituent. My name is ___________ and I live in Davis. I would like to ask Sen. Dodd/Gov. Brown to support single-payer health care in California. Let’s make California a leader on this issue, and fix health care once and for all. [Share personal story if you have one.]
I believe our government should be free from foreign influence.
 Background: As a penalty for Russia illegally annexing Ukrainian territory in Crimea, starting in 2014, President Obama issued a series of executive orders imposing increasingly heavy sanctions. The sanctions have had a crippling impact on the Russian economy and getting them lifted is a high priority for Putin. Prior to the Inauguration, Trump expressed an openness to lifting the sanctions and we now know that during that period,
General Michael Flynn, then on the Trump transition team, discussed sanctions with the Russian ambassador (and lied about doing so). Concerned by this and Trump’s very friendly attitude towards Putin, a bipartisan group of Senators introduced legislation to hamstring the Administration’s ability to act without the consent of Congress. A week later, the House followed suit with it’s own corresponding bill. We now know the Trump campaign’s contacts with Russia are subject to an ongoing FBI investigation that started last July. It was reported yesterday that Exxon Mobil, formerly led by Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, is trying to get approval for an exemption from the sanctions to proceed with what could be a $500 Billion project with a Russian state- owned oil company which would greatly benefit Russia. Congress needs to stay on top of Russia sanctions and pass this legislation, especially while there are ongoing investigations into what may be a quid pro quo deal between Trump and Russia trading election help for lifting of the sanctions.
 Action: Call or write to urge our senators to co-sponsor the Russia Sanctions Review Act of 2017 (HR 1059/S 341).
 Script: Hi. This is [NAME] and I’m a constituent in [ZIP]. I’m calling because I want to find out if [Rep/Sen____] is supporting the Russia Sanctions Review Act. I’m very concerned that the administration may attempt to strike a deal to do business with Russia despite numerous investigations into Russian meddling in our election. [wait for answer] If yes: I didn’t see Sen. Harris/Feinstein down as a co-sponsor…I would love to see my senator add her name to this important piece of bipartisan legislation. and I want Congress to stay on top of the issue by passing this bipartisan legislation. Thanks for taking my call!
I believe in the constitutional balance of powers.
 Background: The Constitution gives the power to authorize military action to Congress. However, in recent decades, Congress has often failed to fully assert its prerogative and has acquiesced to the executive branch taking various military actions with flimsy Congressional authority. Many in Congress in both parties want Congress to play a more explicit role in authorizing military action in Syria and elsewhere. By dropping a MOAB in Afghanistan and threatening North Korea, Trump appears to be escalating military action. With an unpredictable and ill-informed president risking nuclear attack or retaliation, it is imperative that Congress perform its Constitutional duty and reassert its obligation to approve or disapprove of military force before it occurs.
 Action: Call or write Feinstein, Harris, and Garamendi and tell them Congress must reassert its Constitutional duty and require the president to obtain Congressional approval before any further military action.
 Script: This is [NAME] and I’m a constituent in [ZIP]. I’m concerned that the White House is carrying out military perations without Congressional approval. I urge [Sen/Rep____] to insist Congress reassert its Constitutional duty and require the president to obtain Congressional approval before any further military action in Syria, North Korea or anywhere else. I appreciate your time. Thank you!
I believe in common-sense immigration reform.
 Background: Juan Manuel Montes is a 23-year- old who has lived in the U.S. for 14 years and has twice been
granted deferral of deportation and a work permit under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. President Trump has stated that DACA recipients, or DREAMers as they are also called, are not currently targets of his mass deportation campaign. Despite Juan’s active DACA status, he was arrested by ICE agents in February and deported to Mexico within three hours of his arrest. His documentation was in a friend’s car, but the agents refused to let him retrieve them. Juan’s arrest and deportation set a chilling precedent for the more than 750,000 other young people who have gained the right to work and live in the U.S. under the DACA program.
 Action: Call or write the Department of Homeland Security at 202-282- 8495 or The Honorable John F. Kelly,
Secretary of Homeland Security, Washington, D.C.  20528
 Script: Hi, my name is ________ and I’m from [city, zip]. I’m calling to support the return of DACA recipient Juan Manuel Montes to his home in the United States. Montes’s deportation violated President Trump’s own statements. ICE should prioritize deportations for criminals who have committed violent crimes and respect the protected status of DACA recipients. [add personal story if you have one]
I believe in affordable public education.
 Background: The College for All Act would provide free public university tuition for families earning up to 125,000 per year, covering about 80% of U.S. college students. The bill would also reduce student loan interest rates for new borrowers, allow existing borrowers to refinance at lower rates, and eliminate tuitions and fees at two-year community colleges. Student loan debt prevents people from buying homes, starting families, saving for retirement, and working in lower paying but crucial fields like social work and public education. It’s time to end the student debt crisis!
 Action: Call or write Senator Feinstein and Rep. Garamendi (Harris is already a co-sponsor).
 Script: Hi, my name is ________ and I’m a constituent from [city/zip]. I’m calling in support of [HR 1880 for House/S 806 for Senate], the “College for All” Act. This bill would give everyone access to an affordable college education. [add personal story if you have one] What is the senator/congressman’s position on this bill? [if yes: thank you! I’d like to see him/her add his/her name as a co-sponsor. If undecided: My neighbors and I are all in support of this bill…Please let the senator/congressman know that we are tracking this bill and want him/her to jump on board.]
Acts of Gratitude
 Thank Senators Cory Gardner (R-CO) and Mike Lee (R-UT) for defending Americans’ constitutional right to free speech. (See Reuters article)
o Address: (CG) 354 Russell Senate Office Building, Washington, D.C. 20510
o Address: (ML) 361A Russell Senate Office Building, Washington, D.C. 20510
 Thank Rep. Maxine Waters for her inspiring leadership and for speaking up for democracy.
o Address: 10124 S Broadway #1, Los Angeles, CA 90003
 Thank Senators Bob Corker (R-TN) and Chris Coons (D-DE) for supporting food assistance to Sudan and opposing Trump’s foreign aid cuts.
o Address: (BC) Dirksen Senate Office Building, SD-425, Washington, DC 20510
o Address: (CC) 127A Russell Senate Office Building, Washington, D.C. 20510
Senator Dianne Feinstein
331 Hart Senate Office Bldg.
Washington, D.C. 20510
D.C. Phone: (202) 224-3841
San Diego Phone: (619) 231-9712
San Francisco Phone: (415) 393-0707
Los Angeles Phone:  (310) 914-7300
Fresno Phone: (559) 485-7430
Senator Kamala Harris
112 Hart Senate Office Building
Washington, DC 20510
D.C. Phone: (202) 224-3553
Sacramento Phone: (916) 448-2787
Los Angeles Phone: (213) 894-5000
San Diego Phone: (619) 239-3884
Congressman John Garamendi
2438 Rayburn HOB
Washington, DC 20515
D.C. Phone: (202) 225-1880
Davis Phone: 530-753- 5301
State Senator Bill Dodd
State Capitol, Room 5063
Sacramento,  CA  95814
Capitol Office: (916) 651-4003
Vacaville Office: (707) 454-3808
Napa-Sonoma Office: (707) 224-1990
Vallejo Office: (707) 551-2389
State Assemblymember Cecilia Aguiar-Curry
P.O. Box 942849
Sacramento, CA 94249-0004
Capitol Office: (916) 319-2004
Woodland Office: (530) 662-7867
Technology News | Fri Apr 7, 2017 | 10:04pm EDT
Twitter case shows breadth of U.S. power to probe anti-Trump statements
By Alison Frankel and Dustin Volz | NEW YORK/WASHINGTON
An attempt by U.S. authorities to identify an anonymous critic of President Donald Trump on Twitter has set off larm bells among Democratic and Republican lawmakers and civil liberties advocates fearful of a crackdown on dissent.
Twitter Inc on Friday succeeded in beating back a demand for records about a Twitter account called ALT Immigration (@ALT_uscis), which pokes fun at Trump’s immigration policies and appears to be run by one or more federal employees.
The U.S. government withdrew an administrative summons that customs agents had sent the company in March demanding the records.
But the government backed away only after Twitter filed a federal lawsuit accusing it of violating the First
mendment’s protection of free speech. Customs agents could still continue the investigation using some other methods, civil liberties attorneys said.
Although authorities retreated, the case has laid bare the broad power of the U.S. government to demand information from technology companies, sometimes with no oversight from the courts and often with built-in secrecy provisions that prevent the public from knowing what the government is seeking.
The summons that Twitter received came from agents who investigate corruption and misconduct within U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP). Even after it was withdrawn, some lawmakers had questions about the agency’s actions.
"CBP must ensure that any properly authorized investigation does not disregard the rights to free speech enshrined in the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution," two Republican U.S. senators, Cory Gardner of Colorado and Mike Lee of Utah, wrote in a letter on Friday to Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly.
The senators asked whether the agency would ever ask a private company to divulge private records about a customer based solely on "non-criminal speech." Senate Democrat Ron Wyden of Oregon called for an investigation of whether customs agents had violated a law by retaliating against an internal critic.
The Department of Homeland Security plans to respond directly to the senators, an official said on Friday.

How Your Voices Made a Difference Last Week: The Beginning of Donald’s Downfall

Courtesy of 5 Minute Activism via Indivisible Austin

Once again this week there is much to celebrate and congratulate yourselves for in fighting against the co-opting of our country by Donald and his profiteering administration.
How Our Voices Are Making a Difference
  • As Donald one by one disavows his allies as quickly as their incriminating ties to Russia are revealed (Carter Page, Paul Manafort, Michael Flynn, et al) Steve Bannon is losing influence and status in the White House faster than cockroaches scattering from the light. You’ve helped keep the heat on Donald and co. regarding his white-nationalist top adviser, and Bannon was removed last week from his (entirely inappropriate) post to the National Security Council. Infighting with Jared Kushner yielded a sharp rebuke and later a startlingly tepid defense from Donald.
  • Three organizations are suing the White House to gain access to the visitor logs, under the Freedom of Information Act, after the White House squirreled them away from public view–they are also requesting to know who meets with the president at Mar-A-Lago and Trump Tower.

Our progress comes in slow, incremental steps–but it’s blisteringly clear that keeping the heat on Donald and his far-right GOP defenders is curbing their most egregious actions and helping keep them in check. Don’t let up! Keep defending our nation and our democracy by letting your MoCs know that you are watching them, and holding them to the standards of our nation and Constitutional government.

Resistbot is a great tool for doing this easily, especially for those with limited time or bandwidth to make direct phone calls to MoCs. Text “RESIST” to 50409. They will find your elected officials and turn your texts into daily letters to Congress that are proven to be read and have an impact. All it takes is a few sentences from a real-life voter to get their attention. (And if you are inclined, throw them a few bucks–like so many of the wonderful resistance tools that sprouted up after the election, this is run entirely by volunteers and donations.)

Anything you do, even just donating, even just adding your voice to a petition, makes a difference. (But remember, calling, writing, and visiting your MoCs is the single most impactful thing you can do.)

Another wonderful new tool makes this easier than ever: Dial Congress is an extension for Google Chrome that turns news stories, Wikipedia pages, and Google searches into a congressional phone directory. From Slate, “If you’re reading an article that mentions any member of the House or Senate, the browser extension will highlight that person’s name. If you mouse over, say, a reference to Rep. Nancy Pelosi, the phone number for her Washington office pops up on your screen.”

Marching for Transparency in Government

Two overflowing busloads of us joined grassroots groups from all over California at the Sacramento Tax March to demand the transparency in government that Trump refuses to give. And we had a great time doing it!  We marched and filled the capitol plaza to defend our democracy from corruption of its basic rules. Trump is the first president to violate longstanding custom and our constitution by hiding his taxes and running businesses all over the world, ruling our country to enrich himself.

We marched for the truth: why would a president hide his returns if he were an honest businessman with no criminal or treasonous connections? As one sign said: Remember Al Capone! But there’s one thing about his finances he can’t hide: unlike most of America, Trump is in the top 1% of 1% who got richer while much of the country that elected him has gotten poorer and sicker. He campaigned on reversing this but his crony connections won’t let him keep his promise.

The march’s big lesson was that the progressive grassroots is growing in strength all over America. This week a progressive candidate rode this wave to nearly overturn a blood-red Kansas district–and we’re only getting stronger.  It turns out we’re pretty good at organizing, we love getting together to turn the country around, and we’re just ramping up.

Nunes Recusal is Evidence of the Power of the People

Yes, it remains to be seen whether Rep Mike Conaway (R-FL) will do any better. Yes, we still need an independent commission, and yes, this fight is not over. But make no mistake. Nunes’ recusal is a victory for the people.

Under no circumstances did Rep Devin Nunes, the ambitious politician, want to fail in the role that has put him in the national spotlight. Under no circumstances did the the GOP leadership want to suggest that one of their own had at best caused the house investigation to lose credibility and at worst conspired to obstruct the investigation.

Only through growing public outrage, channeled effectively to our representatives and fueled by relentless investigative journalism, was Nunes’ recusal achieved.

In recent months, it has been easy to feel despondent, to believe that the balance of power has already been lost, that lies can be told with impunity, that a few powerful men can roll back decades of progress, that government does not in fact work for us. But Nunes’ recusal is the latest in a string of victories that demonstrates how much power we the people have when we use our voices.

Let’s refresh. Since inauguration our voices have…

Prevented the House from abolishing the Office of Congressional Ethics (critically important right now).

Forced Attorney General Sessions to recuse himself from any Trump Russia investigations (Can you imagine if he were currently part of this investigation?)

Halted the implementation of not 1 but 2 Muslim bans. (unthinkable if those bans were in effect now while Assad is attacking his own people with chemical weapons).

Prevented a vote on the repeal of the Affordable Care Act. (that Republicans have promised for 7 years and have taken 60 symbolic votes on during that time).

And now… forced Rep Nunes to recuse himself from the investigation of Russian interference in our election.

So take a moment to appreciate this victory, and then, let’s get back to work, holding our members of Congress accountable, supporting our fellow resisters in other districts as they hold their members of congress accountable, and financially supporting good investigative journalism. #Resist #ProtectTheTruth and #WeWillWin!