CALL SCRIPTS, WEEK OF MARCH 31, 2019

Federal:

Urge Rep Garamendi to Co-sponsor Medicare for All

Hi, my name is ____ and I’m calling from [city], my zipcode is ____, and I’m a member of Indivisible Yolo. I’m calling to urge the Representative to co-sponsor Rep. Jayapal’s proposed Medicare for All plan, HR 1384. I know that the Representative has been a supporter of almost every Medicare for All bill that’s been introduced in the House, and I would like him to support this one, as well.

Background:

For more information about Rep. Jayapal’s Medicare For All bill, that would deliver healthcare to every American in less than two years

Thank Rep. Garamendi for Co-Sponsoring HR 6 – The Dream and Promise Act

I’m calling from ______, zip code _____ to thank Rep. Garamendi for cosponsoring and supporting H.R. 6 – “The Dream and Promise Act of 2019.”

Background:

More info

H.R. 6 provides permanent protection and a path to citizenship to 2.5 million immigrants, including Dreamers, people with Temporary Protected Status (TPS) and Deferred Enforced Departure (DED), and it does it without punitive trade-offs, like cutting family immigration, border wall funding or new enforcement policies.

MIRA Executive Director Eva A. Millona states: “The Dream and Promise Act is a breath of fresh air. It sends a strong message to Dreamers and TPS and DED holders: We know this is your home. We know how much you contribute to this nation – and we stand behind you.”

State:

Show Up to the Committee Hearing for AB 392: Peace Officer Use-of-Deadly-Force

AB 392 will save lives and stop police from using deadly force when there are alternatives. The bill is modeled after best practices already in place in a number of departments across the country and has proven to be effective.

We are gaining momentum, but we have to seize this moment to pressure the California Legislature to embrace it!

Join us at the California State Capitol
Tuesday, April 9 at 8:00AM

RSVP with Indivisible State Strong here

Background:

AB 392 is one of the first steps towards transparent, accountable policing in the state of California, and is one of CA State Strong’s priority bills in this legislative session. You can read their summary of the bill, or read the actual bill text.

Ultimately, this law “would make it clear that an officer cannot use deadly force if they have any other reasonable options, that officers must use de-escalation and other tactics where feasible, and that decision-makers like courts and police departments must consider the officers’ conduct in creating the need for the use of deadly force in determining whether it is justified.” Police departments in cities like San Francisco and Seattle have created their own, more restrictive use-of-force policies, like this one, and have seen a decrease in the use of force, without any increases in officer injury or crime rates.

Tell Senator Dodd to protect Californians from Police Violence

My name is ____ and I’m calling from ____; my zip code is ____. I’m a member of Indivisible.

I am calling to urge the Senator to vote NO on SB 230. This bill, sponsored by law enforcement, pretends to address the problem of unnecessary killings by police, but does nothing to address accountability, transparency, or consequences for these use-of-force decisions.

Background:

Dodd is one of the authors of the bill that would simply require officers to attend occasional additional training. This bill would not address or create real accountability within police departments – it does not create oversight, does not require transparency, and does not address a system of discipline or review in cases of police violence – it merely require police officers to attend another class.

This bill has been introduced with the backing of police officers, as an alternative to AB 392, which actually addresses the above questions in relation to police violence and use-of-force policies and procedures.

Urge Assemblymember Aguiar-Curry to Support the California Act to Save Lives

My name is ___ and I’m calling from ____; my zip code is ____. I’m a member of Indivisible.

I’d like to urge the assemblymember to support AB 392 to change California’s policy for police use of deadly force. Too many people, mostly young men of color, are killed at the hands of police every single year with absolutely no justice due to our weak standard for use of force. This needs to end. Can I count on her to publicly support AB 392?

Background:

This bill addresses deadly use-of-force policy and states: “under existing law, a homicide committed by a peace officer is justifiable when necessarily committed in arresting a person who has committed a felony and the person is fleeing or resisting such arrest.
Existing case law deems such a homicide to be a seizure under the Fourth Amendment of the Constitution of the United States, and as such, requires the actions to be reasonable.
This bill would redefine the circumstances under which a homicide by a peace officer is deemed justifiable to include when the killing is in self-defense or the defense of another, consistent with the existing legal standard for self-defense, or when the killing is necessary to prevent the escape of a fleeing felon whose immediate apprehension is necessary to prevent death or serious injury. The bill would additionally bar the use of this defense if the peace officer acted in a criminally negligent manner that caused the death, including if the officer’s criminally negligent actions created the necessity for the use of deadly force.
The bill would also affirmatively prescribe the circumstances under which a peace officer is authorized to use deadly force to effect an arrest, to prevent escape or to overcome resistance.”

Submit Your Priorities for our Meeting with Assemblymember Cecelia Aguiar-Curry

Assemblymember Aguiar-Curry has invited Indivisible Yolo to meet with her to discuss our priorities and hear more about her positions. We want to make sure we take constituent concerns to her office, as well.

Take a minute to submit a comment to indivisibleyolo@gmail.com linked here and be sure to title your email “Member Priorities for Aguiar-Curry”

Background:

Assm. Cecelia Aguiar-Curry recently recieved a D on her Courage Campaign report card, and landed in the Courage Hall of Shame. We’re making it a priority to work with her staff to get her off that list, by making sure she takes positions on and attends votes for progressive bills.

Urge Rep. Garamendi to Co-sponsor Medicare for All

Hi, my name is ____ and I’m calling from [city], my zipcode is ____, and I’m a member of Indivisible Yolo. I’m calling to urge the Representative to co-sponsor Rep. Jayapal’s proposed Medicare for All plan, HR 1384. I know that the Representative has been a supporter of almost every Medicare for All bill that’s been introduced in the House, and I would like him to support this one, as well.

Background:

For more information about Rep. Jayapal’s Medicare For All bill, that would deliver healthcare to every American in less than two years

Tell Senator Dodd to protect Californians from Police Violence

My name is ____ and I’m calling from ____; my zip code is ____. I’m a member of Indivisible.

I am calling to urge the Senator to vote NO on SB 230. This bill, sponsored by law enforcement, pretends to address the problem of unnecessary killings by police, but does nothing to address accountability, transparency, or consequences for these use-of-force decisions.

Background:

Dodd is one of the authors of the bill that would simply require officers to attend occasional additional training. This bill would not address or create real accountability within police departments – it does not create oversight, does not require transparency, and does not address a system of discipline or review in cases of police violence – it merely require police officers to attend another class.

This bill has been introduced with the backing of police officers, as an alternative to AB 392, which actually addresses the above questions in relation to police violence and use-of-force policies and procedures.

Urge Assemblymember Aguiar-Curry to Support the California Act to Save Lives

My name is ___ and I’m calling from ____; my zip code is ____. I’m a member of Indivisible.

I’d like to urge the assemblymember to support AB 392 to change California’s policy for police use of deadly force. Too many people, mostly young men of color, are killed at the hands of police every single year with absolutely no justice due to our weak standard for use of force. This needs to end. Can I count on her to publicly support AB 392?

Background:

This bill addresses deadly use-of-force policy and states: “under existing law, a homicide committed by a peace officer is justifiable when necessarily committed in arresting a person who has committed a felony and the person is fleeing or resisting such arrest.
Existing case law deems such a homicide to be a seizure under the Fourth Amendment of the Constitution of the United States, and as such, requires the actions to be reasonable.
This bill would redefine the circumstances under which a homicide by a peace officer is deemed justifiable to include when the killing is in self-defense or the defense of another, consistent with the existing legal standard for self-defense, or when the killing is necessary to prevent the escape of a fleeing felon whose immediate apprehension is necessary to prevent death or serious injury. The bill would additionally bar the use of this defense if the peace officer acted in a criminally negligent manner that caused the death, including if the officer’s criminally negligent actions created the necessity for the use of deadly force.
The bill would also affirmatively prescribe the circumstances under which a peace officer is authorized to use deadly force to effect an arrest, to prevent escape or to overcome resistance.”

Thank Rep. Garamendi for Co-Sponsoring HR 6 – The Dream and Promise Act

I’m calling from ______, zip code _____ to thank Rep. Garamendi for cosponsoring and supporting H.R. 6 – “The Dream and Promise Act of 2019.”

Background:

More info

H.R. 6 provides permanent protection and a path to citizenship to 2.5 million immigrants, including Dreamers, people with Temporary Protected Status (TPS) and Deferred Enforced Departure (DED), and it does it without punitive trade-offs, like cutting family immigration, border wall funding or new enforcement policies.

MIRA Executive Director Eva A. Millona states: “The Dream and Promise Act is a breath of fresh air. It sends a strong message to Dreamers and TPS and DED holders: We know this is your home. We know how much you contribute to this nation – and we stand behind you.”

Urge Rep. Garamendi to Co-sponsor Medicare for All

Hi, my name is ____ and I’m calling from [city], my zipcode is ____, and I’m a member of Indivisible Yolo. I’m calling to urge the Representative to co-sponsor Rep. Jayapal’s proposed Medicare for All plan. I know that the Representative has been a supporter of almost every Medicare for All bill that’s been introduced in the House, and I would like him to support this one, as well.

Background:

For more information about Rep. Jayapal’s Medicare For All bill, that would deliver healthcare to every American in less than two years

Tell Assm. Aguiar-Curry to support Clean Cars by 2040

Hi, my name is _____ and I’m a constituent from zip code _____ and a member of Indivisible. I’m calling to ask Assemblymember Aguiar-Curry to support AB 40, the Clean Cars 2040 Strategy, in her role as a member of the Committee on Transportation.

The crisis is upon us. In its most recent report, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change gave us a decade to take decisive action to reduce carbon emissions. If we fail, the consequences will be devastating for our children and grandchildren. AB 40 addresses a critical part of the challenge for California: developing the path for a quick transition to Zero Emission Vehicles. The path must be articulated by 2021 and maintain a target of eliminating the sale of any new gas-powered vehicles in the state by 2040. This is a critical goal and the bill mandates the necessary first step to getting there. I urge Assemblymember Aguiar-Curry to support it.

Background:

More information

Thank Rep. Garamendi for Co-sponsoring the Green New Deal

Hi, my name is ____ and I’m a constituent from zip code_____ and a member of Indivisible. I’m calling to thank Rep. Garamendi for signing on as a co-sponsor of the Green New Deal, the most critical legislative framework of our time.

In co-sponsoring the Green New Deal, the Representative is leading the way to save our species from extinction and to save our nation from crushing inequality. The GND framework is bold and broad – exactly what we need at this dangerous moment. I urge the Representative to continue to push to keep the Green New Deal strong and ambitious. Nothing less will save us.

Background:

More information here
and here

Thank Rep. Garamendi for Co-sponsoring the Medicare Negotiation Act

Hi, my name is ____ and I’m calling from ____. My zipcode is ___. I’m calling to thank the Congressman for co-sponsoring H.R. 1046 – the Medicare Negotiation and Competitive Licensing Act of 2019. Prescription drug prices have been out of control for way too long, and I’m so thankful the Congressman is supporting this effort to bring down the cost of life saving prescription drugs.

I would also like to urge the Congressman to encourage Speaker Pelosi to support this bill, and bring it to the floor for a vote.

Background:

More information on the bill from the representatives who introduced it

One call, and a lot of getting out the vote this week!

Tell Rep. Garamendi to insist that we take immediate and dramatic action to reduce carbon emissions

Script:

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 sound the alarm and insist that immediate steps be taken to reverse carbon emissions. A new report has now told us that we have ten years to massively reverse the carbon output that is causing global warming. We must act now. I expect Rep Garamendi to make this case loudly and regularly, so it never falls off the congressional radar. I appreciate the work the Congressman has done in the past on climate, but it’s more important than ever to act now. The future of our planet – our future – is at stake.

Background: 

Read more about the future of our planet here.

 

Check out the Indivisible StateStrong voting guide

Click here for the guide!

Our partners at Indivisible StateStrong – the collaboration of Indivisibles across the state – have come together to put together a quick voter guide on the props. Feeling unsure about a proposition? Take a moment to read their position and quick blurb about each prop.

 

Join our Winning Wednesdays and Tsunami Thursdays to GET OUT THE VOTE

Support candidates to flip CA districts Blue!

Check us out at 720 Olive Dr. Suite E – the Flip the 14 campaign headquarters – every Wednesday and Thursday (excluding Halloween) from now until Election Day!

Join us from 6-8pm to phone- and text-bank, or postcard. Even if you can only come for 20 minutes, we’d love to see you there!

Be sure to bring a fully charged laptop, cell phone, and earbuds/headset!
If you know you won’t be able to bring your device fully charged, bring the correct charging cord for it, and a charging block may be available.

For more information on these and other events:

RSVP to events on the Facebook page

Check out events on the website

 

FILL THE BUS to Canvass for Jackie Rosen in Nevada on November 3rd

We’re filling the bus to head to Nevada the weekend prior to November 6th to get out the vote!

Help us defeat Dean Heller – one of the most vulnerable Republican Senators – by canvassing for Jackie Rosen!

Help us fill the bus, or sponsor a spot if you can’t make it. Let’s knock on doors to get out the vote in the final days before the November 6th Blue Wave!

Register on Facebook here

Register on the Website here

Phone and text bank to flip the House and Seante

Let’s retake power.

It’s official — the Senate has voted to confirm Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court in a 50-48 vote.

We’re devastated by this news, but we can’t stop fighting now. Republicans could “plow through” because they hold all the power in Congress, which is why it’s more important than ever before that we take it back in November.

Channel your outrage into volunteering to get out the vote for the midterms. We have daily phonebank and textbank shifts to mobilize voters in key races that make the difference in the fights to flip the House, the Senate, and key statehouses across the country.

We’re having postcarding parties almost every day. Between parties at individual houses, to our Action Coffee on Tuesday, and our Beer and Resistance on Thursdays, if you’ve got time, we’ve got postcards.

We’re also spending Wednesday and Thursday evenings from 6-8 pm calling and texting for candidates in districts across California. Join us at the Flip the 14 headquarters: 720 Olive Dr. (Suite E).

For more information on these and other events:

RSVP to events on the Facebook page

Check out events on the website

 

FILL THE BUS to Canvass for Jackie Rosen in Nevada on November 3rd

We’re filling the bus to head to Nevada the weekend prior to November 6th to get out the vote!

Help us defeat Dean Heller – one of the most vulnerable Republican Senators – by canvassing for Jackie Rosen!

Help us fill the bus, or sponsor a spot if you can’t make it. Let’s knock on doors to get out the vote in the final days before the November 6th Blue Wave!

Register on Facebook here

Register on the Website here

Children are STILL being held in detention centers at the borders, let’s remind our representatives not to forget about them

Tell Representatives to end the child detention camps

Feinstein: 

Harris: 

Garamendi:

Hi, my name is _______ and I’m a constituent from zip code______ and a member of Indivisible. I’m calling to ask {PERSON} to demand that the administration* end the mass detention of unaccompanied migrant minors in Texas and end the deportation of their possible sponsors. I’m further asking that {PERSON} demand that all remaining migrant children separated from their parents be reunited immediately.

The administration* is shipping kids in the middle of the night to a giant tent detention center in Texas. There are thousands of them because instead of letting them be cared for by their relatives, many of whom are undocumented, they’re arresting the relatives and putting the kids in camps. Trump doesn’t want to fix this, he wants to harm the children and relatives both. It needs to stop.

Tell Senators to vote NO against Brett Kavanaugh IT’S NOT OVER

Feinstein: 

Harris: 

Script: 

Hello! My name is ___ and I’m calling from [part of state].

I’m calling to tell {PERSON} to vote NO against Brett Kavanaugh for the empty seat on the Supreme Court.

We know more than enough about Judge Kavanaugh already to know that he is a bad choice for this honored seat. Confirming him to the Supreme Court would put reproductive rights, LGBTQ rights, the environment, and health care for thousands of people in our state at risk.

Too much hangs in the balance to let Trump fill this seat with Judge Kavanaugh. We know he’s ruled in the past to dismantle net neutrality, sabotage the Affordable Care Act, and block women from having abortions. He’s also considered one of the most anti-environment judges in America. He wouldn’t have been on Trump’s list of 25 potential nominees in the first place if Trump weren’t confident that he would strike down the Affordable Care Act, overturn a woman’s right to choose or harm LGBTQ rights. Nothing in Judge Kavanaugh’s record demonstrates otherwise.

Tell Senator Feinstein and Harris that Christine Blasey Ford’s Allegation Deserves a Fair Investigation

Feinstein: 

Harris: 

Script: 

Hi, my name is _______ and I’m a constituent from zip code______ and a member of Indivisible Yolo. I’m calling to ask the Senator to continue to push for a fair and full investigation into the allegations by Dr Christine Blasey Ford that Brett Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her when she was 15.

Dr Ford’s testimony thus far has been deeply compelling. And yet Senate Republicans have done everything in their power to try to make her go away. While they’ve granted her a hearing, there is still no guarantee that it will be fair. Worse, they aren’t compelling Mark Judge, alleged accomplice and witness, to testify. Nor are they asking the FBI to investigate. It’s a kangaroo court, led by Senator Grassley. Dr Ford and the nation deserve better. Force an investigation.

Federal:

Tell Senators Feinstein and Harris to vote NO in the Judiciary Committee on Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination to the Supreme Court

Feinstein: 

Harris: 

Script: 

My name is ____ and my zip code is ____. I’m a member of Indivisible Yolo.

I am contacting the Senator to urge her to vote NO in the Judiciary Committee on Kavanaugh’s confirmation for the Supreme Court. His willingness to shield the President from prosecution and investigation is an insult to the separation of powers and checks and balances.

Thank Senators Feinstein and Harris for co-sponsoring S.3178, Justice for Victims of Lynching Act of 2018

Feinstein: 

Harris: 

Script:

My name is ____ and my zip code is ____. I’m a member of Indivisible Yolo.

I am contacting the Senator to thank her for cosponsoring S.3178, Justice for Victims of Lynching Act of 2018, which would make lynching a federal hate crime.

Thank Senator Feinstein for writing, and ask that Senator Harris co-sponsor, the Opioid Crisis Response Act (S 2680)

Feinstein: 

Harris: 

Scripts:

Feinstein:

My name is ____ and my zip code is ____. I’m a member of Indivisible Yolo.

I am contacting the Senator to thank her for helping to craft a bipartisan agreement on the Opioid Crisis Response Act, S. 2680.

Harris:

My name is ____ and my zip code is ____. I’m a member of Indivisible Yolo.

I am contacting the Senator to urge her to vote YES on the bipartisan agreement on the Opioid Crisis Response Act, S. 2680.

Ask Rep. Garamendi to support the Violence Against Women Re-authorization Act of 2018 (HB.6545).

Script:

Hi my name is ________. I am calling from ____, CA, zip code ______, and am a member of Indivisible Yolo.

The Violence Against Women Act expires on September 30 unless reauthorized by Congress. I urge Leader Pelosi to support HB6545, the Violence Against Women Re-authorization Act of 2018.

The Act has provided critical funding and support for law enforcement training, the protection, care, and treatment of victims of domestic violence and sexual assault and the creation of the National Domestic Violence Hotline and the DOJ Office on Violence Against Women. Without this support, these important programs and services will be endangered.

HB6545 expands the Act to offer protection to domestic violence victims living in public housing, provides law enforcement with more tools to remove firearms from domestic abusers who are not legally allowed to own them, increases funding for local rape prevention efforts and supports reform of current laws and policies for Native American reservations. Your support is needed to make sure this critical Act does not expire.

State:

Ask Governor Brown to SIGN SB822, which will instate net neutrality in California

  • Sacramento Office: (916) 445-2841
  • Mailing Address: Governor Jerry Brown c/o State Capitol, Suite 1173, Sacramento, CA 95814
  • Email

Script: 

Hello, my name is _______ and my zip code is _______. I am part of Indivisible Yolo.

I am calling to urge you to sign SB 822, which will reinstate net neutrality in California. Net neutrality is critical for consumers who use the internet every day, particularly underprivileged communities. Please sign SB 822 without delay.

Background:

​It’s been more than a week since California legislature passed SB822, the bill instating the most stringent net neutrality rules in the nation. Governor Jerry Brown still has not signed it.

Protecting net neutrality is important to our democracy – urge Gov. Brown to sign SB822.

Thank Senator Harris for fighting the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court

Script: 

“Hi, my name is ____ and my zip code is ____. I’m a member of Indivisible Yolo.

I am contacting the Senator to thank her for her efforts to delay the Kavanaugh nomination, and for speaking out when Republicans release 42,000 pages of pertinent documents just hours before a hearing.

I applaud her efforts and would like to see her continuing to fight this nomination and questioning the validity of these hearings.”

Background: 

Watch Senator Harris fight back against Kavanaugh’s nomination, and the procedure by which Republicans are attempting to have him confirmed.

Thank Senator Feinstein for demanding a review of SCOTUS nominee Brett Kavanaugh’s documents

Script: 

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

I’d like to thank Senator Feinstein for her vocal opposition to Brett Kavanaugh for Supreme Court Justice and for demanding proceedings be delayed until all relevant documents are received and thoroughly reviewed. Please keep up the pressure, and use all means at your disposal to delay his hearing and vote.

What we already know of his views on basic civil rights, consumer rights, environmental protections, reproductive rights, workers’ rights, the ACA and executive power is frightening enough. We need to know what else his record will reveal that makes the Republicans so desperate to hide it from the American people. Furthermore, there must be no hearings for Kavanaugh, as long as Trump is a potential unindicted co-conspirator with Michael Cohen. Please don’t let Senate Republicans steamroll our democratic process!”

Background:

Brett Kavanaugh, Trump’s nominee for the Supreme Court, has a record against women’s reproductive rights, environmental protection, consumer protection, workers’ rights and common sense gun safety. Most troubling of all, Kavanaugh has said that a sitting President should be exempt from criminal prosecution and investigation, including questioning by prosecutors and defense counsel.

– Kavanaugh tried to block a 17-yr-old detainee’s constitutional right to abortion. His decision was overturned on appeal.
– He opposed a ban on semiautomatic rifles in the District of Columbia.
– He consistently sides with big corporations against workers’ rights and workplace safety.
– He is hostile to environmental protection regulations and has hampered efforts to fight climate change.
– He opposes the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, a watchdog agency to prevent mortgage meltdowns like 2007.

Kavanaugh supports an unprecedented level of power and immunity for the President.

– Kavanaugh said that the President does not have to enforce a law if he believes the law is unconstitutional. In our system, only the courts decide if a law is unconstitutional–not the President.
– He said that a sitting President should be exempt from criminal prosecution and investigation, including questioning by prosecutors or defense counsel. This means a President would not even have to answer questions about possible crimes while he is in office.

For all these reasons, Kavanaugh is unsuitable for an appointment to the Supreme Court and should be rejected.

 

RSVP to the Big Day of Action for CA04 in Davis!

Background: 

CA04 needs our help! Republican Tom McClintock, who consistently votes for ACA repeal, and can’t even be bothered to live in his own district, is being challenged by Democrat [Jessica Morse](https://www.morse4congress.com/)!

Jessica needs our help in turning voters out to the polls, and making sure folks are registered. In addition to canvassing events, we’re doing a Big Day for CA04 in conjunction with Sister District CA03, to get out the vote for Jessica Morse!

Join us at the Yolo County Democratic Party Headquarters (911 Third St., Davis, CA) on Saturday, September 8th from 12:30pm-4:30pm!

No experience necessary! Be sure to RSVP here or on Facebook!