CALL SCRIPTS, WEEK OF SEPTEMBER 17, 2018

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.

One of the core goals of Indivisible is to influence policy by shaping the way that representatives get media attention, and a simple and powerful way to do that is by writing an op-ed in local or regional newspapers.

Tips for Writing

  • Keep it short and focused
  • Refer to a specific article or letter, if possible
  • Put the topic in the headline (bonus points for mentioning Indivisible Yolo) 
  • Be accurate and specific
  • Make the letter as personal as possible
  • Write like you speak
  • Avoid using bold fonts or capitalization for empahsis
  • Follow submission instructions carefully 
  • Don’t worry if your letter isn’t published! If many people are writing letters about one thing, you’re increasing the chance that the news organization will publish something with a similar viewpoint

Submission Guidelines

Davis Enterprise:

  • Include name, address, and phone number for verification (personal details will not be published)
  • Email correspondents should expect a confirmation call from staff
  • Limit letters to 350 words
  • Anonymous letters will not be accepted
  • Letters may be edited for “brevity and clarity”

Submit to the Davis Enterprise here!

Sacramento Bee:

  • Include your real name, address, and phone number
  • Include the headline of the article you’re responding to, the date it appeared, and the page number (if applicable)
  • Limit letters to 150 words 
  • If more words are needed, email viewpoints@sacbee.com
  • The Bee does not respond to all inquires about letter status
  • Letters may be edited for “clarity, brevity, and content”
  • Letters may be rejected if the author has been published within the last 30 days

Submit to the Sacramento Bee here!

Woodland Daily Democrat:

  • No posted submission guidelines
  • Rarely published

Call for more information (530) 406-6230

Winters Express:

  • Deadline is noon on Mondays for publication that week
  • Limit letters to 500 words 
  • Do not use all capital letters
  • Letters must be signed by the writer, but the Express will withhold names from publication for legitimate reasons

Submit to the Winters Express by email here!

This guide was made with help from the Dean Johansson for DA “Letter to the Editor Packet.”

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.

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!