How to Get and Use Amplify

We are not currently using Amplify, because we don’t have the resources to administrate. We may use it again in the future if we identify a person to run it.

 

Amplify is a tool that helps you contact Congressman Garamendi, Senator Feinstein, Senator Harris, and other Yolo representatives. Every week, we put up actions suggested by our membership, that pertain to current events. We research our representatives’ positions, and thank or ask accordingly.

Getting Amplify is simple!

Start by checking out the App Store (if you have an iPhone) or the Google Play Store (if you have an Android device). Unfortunately, Windows phones are not supported by Amplify at this time.

Open the App store by clicking the icon:

and then search ‘Amplify Civic Tools

It should come right up!

Go ahead and click on the icon (where the ‘open’ is, in the picture), and you should see a screen like this:

You can ‘open’ Amplify if you already have it, but more likely you’ll be choosing to ‘get’ Amplify. Don’t worry, it’s free!

Once you’ve downloaded Amplify, it should show up on your home screen

Open by tapping on the icon once. You’ll be prompted with your zip code.

Input your zipcode, and you’ll be asked to put in a team code.

Indivisible Yolo’s team code is 393-849-971

Congrats, you’ve joined Indivisible Yolo’s team! You’ll get a confirmation screen that looks like this:

Connect with facebook (clicking will prompt you to sign in), or join with email (recommended). When you join with email, you’ll put in an email and password to create an account.

Then, you can log in (if you can, confirm your email in the meantime).

Once you’ve logged in, you’ll see our team screen, where you can cheer on other folks making calls and showing up to events

To make your own calls, you’ll click on the ‘take action’ fist at the bottom, middle of the screen. It’ll take you to the action tab! There you can see actions to take this week, as well as a tally of all the actions you’ve taken – total, and this week. When you hit a multi-week streak, it’ll show up in your feed, and your friends and fellow activists can love it, cheer it on, and get inspired!

When you click on an action, you’ll see the numbers, a script, and some background on why the action is important, and why the call is directed at that representative.

You can click the ‘Call Office’ button to connect to the D.C. office, or you can choose ‘more offices’ to get more options. It’s recommended to call the office closest to you – especially if you’re calling after hours. Particularly – Dianne Feinstein’s San Francisco office takes messages, but her D.C. office does not.

When you’re done, you’ll be asked if you left a voicemail, talked to a staffer, or weren’t able to get through. It’s important to leave feedback so we know how many folks are calling, and if they’re able to get through. When we meet with our representatives, we take that feedback to them, so they know how many of their constituents are able to make themselves heard, and can adjust their staffing accordingly (i.e. Senator Feinstein hired more staff to take calls).

Then, when you choose an option, you’ll finish completing the action. You can choose to write a post and share it in your feed, which helps others know why that action is important to you, and encourages them to take that action.

And you’re all done! Now go like some posts in your feed, make a few more calls, and know that you’re making a difference!

Want to do more? Have an issue you’re particularly interested in? Know of a bill coming up that deserves attention? Send a call script to indivisibleyolo@gmail.com or come to one of our General Meetings to discuss with other members and our leadership team.

Tell Senators to stop the NRA’s top priorities

My name is ____ and my zip code is ____.

I’m calling the Senator to demand that Congress stop rubber-stamping the NRA’s Congressional agenda.

In the next few months, the Senator will be voting on two of the NRA’s priorities. First, H.R. 38, the Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act, which the House passed last year. Under this legislation, states would be required to recognize other states’ standards governing the possession of concealed firearms in public. This legislation is the NRA’s “number one legislative priority” and, if enacted into law, would cause a race to the bottom on gun safety standards.

Second, the Senator will consider the nomination of Howard C. Nielson, the NRA’s favorite lawyer, to a lifetime federal judgeship. Trump has nominated Nielson to a cushy seat on the United States District Court for the District of Utah. Nielson is one of the NRA’s go-to attorneys, who has made a career out of regularly representing the NRA and fighting against common-sense gun safety measures.

Urge Senators to protect Robert Mueller’s investigation

Hello my name is ____ and my zipcode is _____. I’m calling to urge the Senator to support the bipartisan S. 1735, the Special Counsel Independence Protection Act. It’s the duty of Congress to serve as a check on Trump and protect our democracy.

Call on Senators to say NO to Haspel for CIA and Pompeo for state

Hi, my name is _____ and I’m a constituent calling from zipcode _______. I’m calling to ask {PERSON} to reject Gina Haspel as CIA Director and Mike Pompeo as Secretary of State.

Haspel is a war criminal who personally helped torture detainees in a secret CIA-run prison in Thailand during the Bush administration.

Pompeo is a Trump clone who’s displayed anti-Muslim bigotry, spouted dangerous warmongering, opposed diplomacy with Iran, and denied climate change. We are all less safe if Pompeo and Haspel are confirmed.

Tell Mayor Steinberg to investigate the death of Stephon Clark

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

I am disturbed by reports that Stephon Clark was killed in his own backyard even though he was unarmed, and that, after being shot at with 20 rounds, did not receive emergency care for many minutes. We need to trust our police to follow laws and policies. An internal investigation conducted in secret will not reassure me. We need the District Attorney to conduct an independent, transparent, and public investigation.

Background from the ACLU of Northern California:

The ACLU Foundation of Northern California joins Sacramento community members in their outrage around the killing of 22-year-old Stephon Clark, who Sacramento police shot and killed on Sunday.

Clark appeared to be posing no threat when two Sacramento police officers entered the backyard of his home and fired 20 rounds at him. Though police initially said he was holding a weapon, he was actually holding a cell phone.

Being a Black man in a hooded sweatshirt should not be a death sentence. Trained police officers should use the least amount of force necessary.
We see stories like Clark’s again and again. Police for too long have used excessive force against communities of color, killing Black people without justification and without consequence. Racist policing is a systemic problem, not a series of isolated incidents.

We urge the Sacramento Police Department to release the body camera footage quickly as its own policies require, and the district attorney to conduct a swift investigation and bring all appropriate charges against the officers involved.

Unfortunately, California state law makes the investigations into police killings and any resulting discipline, or corrective action, completely secret. That must change. The public deserves to get a detailed account of the actual investigation. The community has a right to know what happened. The residents of Sacramento deserve to know how police, who act in their name, came to take the life of an unarmed father of two in his own backyard.

We demand accountability for the epidemic of police violence against Black people. We demand transparency from the Sacramento Police Department. We demand justice for Stephon Clark.

Tell Representative Garamendi to oppose the “PROSPER” Act

Hi my name is ____ and my zip code is _____.
I am calling to ask that Congressman Garamendi oppose HR 4508. This is the so-called ‘PROSPER’ Act which would make it harder for students to afford higher education and eliminate regulations that protect students from predatory for-profit colleges and career programs.

Fill out Representative Garamendi’s survey on priorities

Fill out the survey here.

 

 

Tell MoC to use their leverage on omnibus budget negotiations

Hello, I’m a constituent from zip code ___.

I’m calling to urge the Senator/Representative to use their leverage in negotiations on the omnibus budget bill. Please hold out for a clean DREAM act, and don’t vote for any bill that gives in to racist and misogynistic Republican demands.

I’m asking the Senator/Representative: please don’t vote for any bill that would increase money for detention centers; don’t restrict abortion, and don’t make cuts to our social safety net.

Republicans are also begging for help to fix parts of their tax scam- please let them own their failure rather than helping them push their agenda.

Tell Senator Feinstein to Lead the Opposition against Haspel as CIA Director

Thank you for your call to have Gina Haspel’s involvement in the CIA’s illegal interrogation program declassified. I strongly oppose her nomination as CIA Director. As the senior Democrat on the Senate Intelligence Committee, I expect you to lead the opposition to her nomination as CIA director. I have been worried about your public statements saying you will wait to make a decision.

 

Tell Rep. Garamendi to stop the rollback of Dodd-Frank protections.

Hello, my name is ____ and I am calling from zip code _____.

I’m calling to express my opposition to S. 2155, which would roll back Dodd-Frank regulations that protect consumers and banks from risky investments. I urge the Congressman to vote against this legislation and keep our economy from financial meltdown. Other Democrats have inexplicably supported this bill; I want Garamendi to stand up for what’s right and vote no.

 

Thank Rep. Garamendi for Calling Trump out as the National Security Risk he is!

My name is ____ and I am a constituent from zip code _____.

I would like to thank Rep. Garamendi for his appearance on CNN last week. Clearly our administration is not doing their job in keeping our country safe and I appreciate the congressman making this clear.

The Congressman raised a number of very important points during the interview. I expect him to follow up on all the important questions that he raised during the interview and bring us the answers. As he clearly stated we can’t rely on the Republican controlled house to do their job.

 

Tell Senator Harris to end our unauthorized war in Yemen

Hi, My name is _____ and I’m calling from [part of state].

I’m calling about the joint resolution introduced by Senators Lee and Sanders to end our unauthorized war in Yemen. It is essential for {PERSON} to support this resolution when it comes to the floor for a vote.

Congress has never authorized this war, and evidence shows that the airstrikes the U.S. is supporting are causing a humanitarian crisis and may amount to war crimes. The chaos has allowed terror groups such as ISIS and Al Qaeda affiliates to gain more power and land. It’s time for {PERSON} to exercise Congress’ constitutional power and end this unauthorized war.

 

This week Amanda Wilcox sat down with our podcast hosts to chat about the Brady Campaign, their legislative agenda – both in California and nationally – and to discuss the impact of the Parkland shooting on legislation and our national conversation about gun violence and sensible gun laws.

Amanda mentioned a wealth of resources for involvement, including a number of bills in Congress. Brady’s three main legislative goals, nationally, are to ban assault weapons, expand background checks, and to expand funding for gun violence restraining orders, which would allow courts to strip gun ownership from persons deemed dangerous to themselves and others by those who know them personally. Currently, California maintains a host of laws that achieve those ends, and has seen a 53% drop in gun deaths – homicide and suicide – since their implementation.

Nationally, there are bills in both the House and Senate, they are:

H.R. 4240 and S. 2009 would both expand background checks.

H.R. 5087 and S. 2095 would ban assault weapons.

H.R. 2598 and S. 1212 would expand funding for the gun violence restraining orders, or ‘extreme risk protection order,’ as it’s called here in California.

Representative Garamendi is a cosponsor of all three House bills, which certainly merits a thank you: (530) 753-5301.

Senator Feinstein is a cosponsor of the first, and authored the latter two, which definitely deserves a thanks: (415) 393-0707.

Senator Harris has cosponsored the first two, but not S. 1212. It’d be worth asking her why: (916) 448-2787.

Currently, all bills are in their respective Judiciary Committees. Both of our Senators serve on the Senate Judiciary Committee, so while you’re on the phone, consider urging them to get these bills discharged to the Senate floor.

In California, Brady has two main goals: raise the minimum age for long gun purchase to 21, with AB3, and improve awareness of the Gun Violence Restraining Order Law, which was passed in 2014. The Law would allow courts to prohibit someone from owning a firearm or ammunition – removing what they already own and preventing them from buying more. Family members, domestic partners, or long-term roommates can ask the courts to issue a prohibition if they feel someone may be a danger to themselves or others.

To learn more about the Gun Violence Restraining Order Law, and to get involved, head to http://speakforsafety.org, or text ‘movement’ to 877877.

To get involved with the Brady Campaign here in the Sacramento Valley, check out the Brady Campaign website, or send an email to BradySacramento@gmail dot com to attend their next meeting on March 17th!

In addition, don’t forget to attend the March for Our Lives in Sacramento on March 24th. Indivisible Yolo will be carpooling and bussing over, so join us!

Tell Senators to End Our Unauthorized War in Yemen

My name is _____ and my zip code is _____.

I’m calling about the joint resolution introduced by Senators Lee and Sanders to end our unauthorized war in Yemen. It is essential for {PERSON} to support this resolution when it comes to the floor for a vote.

Congress has never authorized this war, and evidence shows that the airstrikes the U.S. is supporting are causing a humanitarian crisis and may amount to war crimes. The chaos has allowed terror groups such as ISIS and Al Qaeda affiliates to gain more power and land. It’s time for {PERSON} to exercise Congress’ constitutional power and end this unauthorized war.

 

Urge MoCs to Pressure Administration to Prepare Against Cyber-attacks in 2018 Elections

Hello, my name is _____ and I am calling from zip code _____.

I am calling to urge {PERSON} to pressure Trump and Secretary of Defense Mattis to authorize U.S. Cyber Command to prepare for potential Russian cyberattacks during the 2018 midterm elections. Can you please tell me what {PERSON} is doing to ensure the integrity of the upcoming elections? This is important to me.

 

Tell Assemblymember Cecilia Aguiar-Curry  To Take a Stance on Gun Safety

  • Davis Office: (530) 757-1034

An important bill is coming up in the assembly: AB 2103, the law that will require in-person firearms training before a person can get a concealed carry permit. Has the Assemblymember taken a stand yet?

[if not] Why not? I don’t understand her failure to take a stand on this important issue that has the support of all the gun safety groups. I especially find it upsetting that, heading into the week that our teenagers will be standing up against gun violence, the Assemblymember fails to. Please let her know that I share political information online and in groups I’m a part of. I plan to post each week what her stance is on this issue.

 

 

Ask Rep. Garamendi to strongly oppose the various Wall Street deregulation bills being considered in Congress

Hello, My name is ______________ and my zip code is __________. I am also a member of IndivisibleYolo.

I am calling to urge Representative Garamendi’s strong opposition to all the various Wall Street deregulation bills currently being considered in Congress.

All of these bills are intended to roll back the modest (and far too weak) Dodd-Frank reforms passed during the Obama administration after Wall Street and the banks looted the economy, destroyed peoples savings, decimated home ownership, and caused the worst recession since the Great Depression.

​Now Republicans are trying to further weaken, or outright eliminate, those reforms to make it easier for banks, financial institutions, and mortgage lenders to engage in fraud and predatory practices. Their Wall Street deregulation plan will inevitably result in yet more taxpayer bailouts.​

 

Tell Senators to oppose the Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act

Hello, I’m a constituent from [part of state]

I’m disturbed that H.R. 38, the Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act passed the House, and it’s essential that the Senate stop it from becoming law.

I’d like to see the Senator commit immediately to opposing this legislation. Particularly in light of the devastating mass shootings we’ve seen recently, it’s as important as ever not to weaken gun safety standards, and prevent firearms from falling into dangerous hands. This is why every major law enforcement agency has opposed this bill.

 

Tell Senators to oppose bill S. 2155, the Economic Growth, Regulatory Relief, and Consumer Protection Act

Hello! My name is [ ] and I’m calling from [part of state]. I’m calling because I would like {PERSON} to oppose bill S. 2155, the Economic Growth, Regulatory Relief, and Consumer Protection Act.

This bill goes way beyond just helping community banks. In fact, prominent banks that this bill helps include Deutsche Bank, Barclays, and Santander. And even worse, the bill puts us at risk of another financial crisis, it erodes consumer protections, and it allows racial discrimination in mortgage lending to go unchecked.