BLOG CALL SCRIPTS THE WEEK OF APRIL 30, 2018

Tell Senators to oppose Gina Haspel as head of the CIA

Hi, My name is [name] and I’m a constituent from [part of state] calling about Gina Haspel’s nomination as head of the CIA.

I want {PERSON} to immediately and publicly commit to opposing this nomination. Gina Haspel carried out torture and destroyed the evidence.

Haspel is an unacceptable choice and it’s important for the senator not just to oppose her, but to use their platform to increase pressure for other senators.

Torture was, and is, illegal no matter what. There are no exceptions and it’s a crime. “Following orders” is not a justification. Additionally, her cover-up of the crimes through destruction of video evidence is enough in itself for the Senator to oppose her.

 

Ask State Senator Dodd to to Hold Police Accountable

Hi my name is _____ and I am a constituent from _______.

I am calling in support of Senate Bill 1421. This would force law enforcement agencies to release the details of use-of-force investigations, as well as cases of sexual assault while on duty. The only way to restore trust in our police is to be as transparent as possible.
What is Senator Dodd’s position on this bill? [wait for answer]

I’ve called/written before on this issue and don’t understand why the Senator hasn’t taken a position on this good government measure.

 

Tell Assemblymember Cecilia Aguiar-Curry to Fix Our Broken Bail system

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

I’m calling today to ask the Assemblymember to support SB 10 which would reform our broken bail system. I’m in favor of eliminating the unfair cash bail system and replacing it with a system that truly enhances public safety.
What is Aguiar-Curry’s position on this? (wait for answer)

if no position:
Do you know when she will have a position? I want the release of those in jail based on public safety, not based on who has the most money. Bonus script: I also wanted to ask about her position on AB 931. This bill states that police should attempt to de-escalate situations before resorting to deadly force. Has the Assemblymember taken a position on this bill? [wait for answer]

 

Tell Rep. Garamendi to Protect Families from Getting Separated at Border

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

I am devastated to hear reports that our country has separated more than 700 children from their refugee parents since October. That’s against my American/religious/human values. I urge Rep. Garamendi to co-sponsor the Help Separated Families Act of 2018 (H.R. 5414) to stop this inhumane practice. Can I count on the Representative to do that?

 

Thank Senators for Opposing Pompeo for Secretary of State

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

It was very disappointing to see the Senate approved Pompeo for Secretary of State, but I was please to see that the Senator opposed. We win some and we lose some but please thank the Senator for putting up a good fight.

 

Tell Rep. Garamendi to oppose the Farm Bill

Hi, my name is _______ and I’m a constituent from zip code______ and a member of Indivisible. I’m calling to ask Rep. Garamendi to oppose the Republican Farm Bill, currently making its way through the House. It Is a disaster.

It’s one thing to help farmers. It’s another thing entirely to wage war on public health. The Farm Bill would not only impose work requirements on SNAP (the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or food stamps), creating a bureaucratic nightmare and forcing hungry people to lose coverage. It would also loosen restrictions on pesticides, even going so far as to make it illegal for local governments to pass their own laws regarding pesticide use. This is a give-away to industry players at the expense of American lives. It must be opposed.

Will Rep. Garamendi oppose the Farm Bill?

Thank you!

 

 

Thank Senator Feinstein for her opposition to Mike Pompeo’s nomination as Secretary of State

Hi, my name is _______ and I’m a constituent from zip code______ and a member of Indivisible. I’m calling to thank the Senator for her opposition to Mike Pompeo’s nomination as Secretary of State.

Pompeo is on the cusp of earning the rare distinction of failing to receive a recommendation from the Senate Foreign Relations committee. His nomination may still succeed, due to the abysmal judgement of Heidi Heitkamp, but it must nevertheless be opposed, for he is the wrong man for the job. A hawk and a sycophant, Pompeo will exacerbate Trump’s weaknesses of aggressiveness and impulsiveness. Thank you for rejecting his nomination.

 

Thank Senator Harris for her opposition to Mike Pompeo’s nomination as CIA director last year

Hi, my name is _______ and I’m a constituent from zip code______ and a member of Indivisible. I’m calling to thank the Senator for her opposition to Mike Pompeo’s nomination as to his current position as CIA director last year.

I hope the Senator will agree that a person like Pompeo is not fit to be Secretary of State. He 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 is confirmed.

Can I count on the Senator opposing Pompeo ‘s nomination as Secretary of State?

 

Thank Assemblymember Cecilia Aguiar-Curry  for her vote in committee in favor of democratic oversight on police militarization

Hi, my name is <YOUR NAME> and I am from <YOUR TOWN>. I am calling to thank {PERSON} for her support for AB3131 that would require law enforcement to get permission and hold open hearings anytime they wanted to acquire military equipment. Now that the Trump administration has rolled back that ban on transferring military equipment to police, I expect California to step up and implement some serious accountability measures.

 

Tell MoCs to do everything in their power to rein in Trump’s Syrian escalation

Hello, my name is [name] and I am calling from [part of state] to express my dismay that Trump has again launched an unauthorized and strategy-free strike in Syria.

I’m calling to ask for {PERSON} to do everything in their power to rein in Trump’s escalation and urge the Administration to instead lead with diplomacy to help the people of Syria.

I want to see the United States support the investigation into the attack, and lead with a diplomatic solution to bring the bloodshed to an end. Will {PERSON} pledge to vote against any further force in Syria, and call on the Administration to seek a political solution?

In addition, if we are concerned about the people of Syria, we should immediately resettle more refugees and give them a place to flee this violence. Can [MoC] at least call on the Administration to do that?

 

Thank Senator Dodd for supporting Net Neutrality

Hi, my name is _______ and I’m a constituent from zip code______ and a member of Indivisible. I’m calling to thank Senator Dodd for co-authoring SB-822, the Net Neutrality bill.

Ajit Pai’s tenure at the FCC has been marked by his selling out consumers in order to line the coffers of the major telecoms. Nothing has been more egregious than his gutting of net neutrality. Thank you for fighting back with a bill that would not only preserve net neutrality, but extend it beyond previous federal restrictions, here in California.

 

Tell Senators that Gina Haspel is a Torturer. Don’t Let Trump Give Her a Promotion.

Caller: Hi, My name is [name] and I’m a constituent from [part of state] calling about Gina Haspel’s nomination as head of the CIA. I want Senator [name] to immediately and publicly commit to opposing this nomination. Gina Haspel carried out torture and destroyed the evidence. She is completely unqualified to lead the CIA. Will Senator [name] oppose her?

[IF STAFFER SAYS YES]
Staffer: Thank you for calling. Senator [name] shares your concerns and will be voting against this nomination.

Caller: I’m very glad to hear that—will [he/she] be making a public statement condemning this choice and urging [his/her] colleagues to oppose, as well?

Staffer: I can relay that to my boss.

Caller: Please do. Haspel is an unacceptable choice and it’s important for the senator not just to oppose her, but to use [his/her] platform to increase pressure for other senators. I’ll be watching for [his/her] statements.

[IF STAFFER SAYS NO]
Staffer: Thank you for calling. Senator [name] supports Gina Haspel’s nomination and admires her decades of public service. She did what she was asked to do by her country, in order to keep people safe.

Caller: That’s not acceptable. Torture was, and is, illegal no matter what. There are no exceptions and it’s a crime. “Following orders” is not a justification. Additionally, her cover-up of the crimes through destruction of video evidence is enough in itself for the Senator to oppose her. I urge [him/her] to re-think his position.

Staffer: I’ll relay that to the boss.

Caller: Yes, please do. I am very concerned about this nomination and will be checking back to see if the senator has changed [his/her] position.

 

Tell Senators to  Reject Mike Pompeo’s Nomination for Secretary of State

Caller: Hi, my name is [name] and I’m a constituent calling from [part of state]. I’m calling because I totally oppose the nomination of Mike Pompeo to serve as Secretary of State. He denies climate science, is a war hawk, and an Islamophobe. I’m concerned he will export Trumpism all over the world if he becomes our top diplomat. Will Senator [name] be voting “no” on his confirmation?

[IF STAFFER SAYS YES]
Staffer: Yes, Senator [name] opposes Pompeo’s nomination and will be voting against confirming him.

Caller: That’s great news. I want to see Senator [name] make a clear public statement opposing Pompeo and urging [his/her] colleagues to do the same.

Staffer: I’ll relay that to the boss.

Caller: Thank you, I’ll be watching for that statement.

[IF STAFFER SAYS NO OR NOT SURE]
Staffer: Thank you for sharing your concerns. Senator [name] has concerns about Pompeo and will be sure to ask tough questions at the confirmation hearing.

Caller: That’s not enough—there’s nothing Pompeo can say at his confirmation hearing to change the fact that he would be a dangerous Secretary of State if confirmed. Trump brags that he and Pompeo are very similar, and that is dangerous. I want to see Senator publicly commit to opposing Pompeo.

Staffer: I’ll take that back to the Senator.

Caller: Thank you, I’ll check back soon to see if the Senator has opposed.

 

Tell MoCs to do everything in their power to rein in Trump’s Syrian escalation

Hello, my name is [name] and I am calling from [part of state] to express my dismay that Trump has again launched an unauthorized and strategy-free strike in Syria.

I’m calling to ask for {PERSON} to do everything in their power to rein in Trump’s escalation and urge the Administration to instead lead with diplomacy to help the people of Syria.

I want to see the United States support the investigation into the attack, and lead with a diplomatic solution to bring the bloodshed to an end. Will {PERSON} pledge to vote against any further force in Syria, and call on the Administration to seek a political solution?

In addition, if we are concerned about the people of Syria, we should immediately resettle more refugees and give them a place to flee this violence. Can [MoC] at least call on the Administration to do that?

 

Tell Assemblymember Cecilia Aguiar-Curry that People should decide if they want their police get military equipment

Hi, my name is <YOUR NAME> and I am from <YOUR TOWN>. I am calling to ask Hon. Aguiar-Curry to support AB3131 that would require law enforcement to get permission and hold open hearings anytime they wanted to acquire military equipment. Now that the Trump administration has rolled back that ban on transferring military equipment to police, I expect California to step up and implement some serious accountability measures. I’d also like to see Hon. Aguiar-Curry introduce an amendment to ban certain heavy-duty military equipment from being transferred at all, similar to Obama’s executive order.

 

Tell Members of Congress and FCC Chairman Ajit Pai to Oppose the Merging of Sinclair Broadcasting and Tribune Media

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

I’m calling in opposition to the merger of Sinclair Broadcasting and Tribune Media. The merger will expand Sinclair’s reach beyond its legal audience cap of 39% to a massive 72% of U.S. households. The FCC should NOT bend rules or roll back regulations that would prevent this from happening. It’s especially important to maintain these rules in this case, since Sinclair has shown it has a one-sided agenda.

Tell Yolo DA Reisig to Endorse Bills that Holds Police Accountable

I am calling because I would like our District Attorney to come out in support of two bills that will make our law enforcement more accountable to the public. AB 931 and SB 1421 would change the rules for the use of deadly force and require police to release the details of use-of-force investigations. The district attorney in San Francisco has endorsed both bills. What is Reisig’s position?

 

Ask State Senator Dodd to to Hold Police Accountable

Hi my name is _____ and I am a constituent from _______.

I am calling in support of Senate Bill 1421. This would force law enforcement agencies to release the details of use-of-force investigations, as well as cases of sexual assault while on duty. The only way to restore trust in our police is to be as transparent as possible. What is Senator Dodd’s position on this bill?

[wait for answer]

I want Sen. Dodd to be a leader on this issue, and help restore trust in our police with this good-government measure.

 

Tell Assemblymember Cecilia Aguiar-Curry to Restrict Police Use of Deadly Force

I support AB 931, which would change the way police are allowed to use deadly force. As Stephon Clark’s shooting shows, our police need to reserve deadly force for situations where it is truly necessary.

What is her position on this?

[wait for answer]

[If for AB931]
Thank you for your support!

[If againt AB931]
I am extremely disappointed to hear that.

[if she is still undecided]
I don’t understand the Assemblymember’s reluctance to speak out on pending pieces of legislation, especially on urgent matters of public safety. This is the time to act! I want my Assemblymember to be a leader not a follower.