Indivisible Yolo Today

CALL SCRIPTS, WEEK OF OCTOBER 22, 2018

 2018-10-22

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


CALL SCRIPTS, WEEK OF OCTOBER 14, 2018

 2018-10-15

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


CALL SCRIPTS, WEEK OF OCTOBER 8, 2018

 2018-10-09

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.


CALL SCRIPTS, WEEK OF OCTOBER 1, 2018

 2018-10-02

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.


CALL SCRIPTS, WEEK OF SEPTEMBER 24, 2018

 2018-09-24

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.


CALL SCRIPTS, WEEK OF SEPTEMBER 17, 2018

 2018-09-17

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.


CALL SCRIPTS, WEEK OF SEPTEMBER 2, 2018

 2018-09-05

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!

 


CALL SCRIPTS, WEEK OF AUGUST 26, 2018

 2018-08-30

Tell Bill Dodd to Vote Yes on SB 822 (Net Neutrality) 

We’re so close to getting Net Neutrality established here in California!  Now that it’s passed out of the Assembly, it must pass again in the Senate, and then go to the Governor’s desk to be signed.

We’re up against a lot of corporate money and interests by ISPs across the state. We have to show them, and Senator Dodd, that people power matters!

Hi, my name is _____ and I am from ____, zip code _____. I’m calling to express my strong support of Senate Bill 822, which will protect net neutrality in California. This bill would show California’s leadership in passing strong legislation to protect consumers and establish net neutrality policy after the FCC dismantled it in December. Can I count on Senator Dodd to vote yes on this bill?

Tell Bill Dodd to vote YES on AB 3131: Police Demilitarization and Accountability

Background:

This bill directly resists the Trump administration’s attempt to militarize local police forces while creating significant police oversight which will help to protect our communities, especially people of color and immigrants, in California.

See more, written by our amazing partner organization – Indivisible Ventura – about this important bill here, and here.

Hi, my name is _____ and I am from ___, zip code_____. I am calling to ask Senator Dodd to support AB 3131, which 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 the ban on transferring military equipment to police, I expect California to step up and implement serious accountability measures. Can I count on Senator Dodd to vote yes on AB 3131 on the Senate floor?

 

Ask Assemblymember Aguiar-Curry to Vote NO on AB813 – save our electric grid!

Background:

AB 813 would undermine California’s renewable energy progress. It would create a regional electrical grid with other Western states, most of whom are coal-producing states, and would likely lead to more dirty energy coming into California. Furthermore, the grid operator would be under the control of FERC, which is under control of the Trump administration. The last thing we need is to give away control of our grid to an administration who thinks climate change is a hoax.

RSVP to the Big Day of Action for CA04

RSVP here 

Link leads to a facebook event. Don’t worry if you don’t have facebook! You can treat it like a webpage, and even if you don’t have facebook, you can RSVP here on Amplify.

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!

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!

 

If you want these calls delivered right to your phone, download our app, Amplify here, and read our tutorial about how to get connected with our team here.


Tips for Writing Impactful Letters to the Editor

 2018-07-27

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.”


CALL SCRIPTS, WEEK OF JULY 22

 2018-07-27

Make a hanger to protest Trump’s Supreme Court Nominee

With Kennedy’s retirement the Trump administration has a chance to ensure their regressive ideals are upheld for decades to come.

We need everyone deck for this one. Calling our Senators is important but we also need to demonstrate our outrage publicly. Many people are not paying attention, many feel a false sense of security that cases like for example women’s right to choose is settled.

Help sound the alarm about #WhatsAtStake in the Supreme Court battle and activate your community to fight back. It’s easy. Attach your message to an ordinary clothes hanger. Card stock folded over the hanger and stapled on both sides works great, but be creative. Do it your way. Hang in a public place. Take a photo and post or tweet with #TheHangerProject.

Learn more about the Hanger Project on the Facebook page


CALL SCRIPTS, WEEK OF JULY 9, 2018

 2018-07-10

Trump has made his pick for Kennedy’s replacement on the Supreme Court. His choice is made to ensure a judge on the court that will not only end Roe v. Wade but who has stated that a President is exempted, while in office from “criminal prosecution and investigation, including from questioning by criminal prosecutors or defense counsel.” Let’s contact our Senators and make sure they fight this nomination as hard as they possibly can.

Tell Senators to Protect our future, fight Trump’s Supreme Court pick

Hello! My name is ___ and I’m calling from [zip code].

I’m very glad to hear that {PERSON} plans to vote against Brett Kavanaugh. Too much hangs in the balance to let Trump fill this seat with someone from his list of totally unqualified, extreme judges. That includes a woman’s right to choose, the Affordable Care Act, and marriage equality.

Trump picked the judge that has explicitly said that a president can’t be subject to criminal investigation or prosecution, we can’t let him tear down the checks and balances.

I want {PERSON} to use every tool at her disposal to stop Kavanaugh from getting on the Supreme Court.

 

Children are still separated from their parents at our borders and there are multiple examples of parents being deported leaving the children behind. Tell our Representatives to not forget this issue until every child is back with their family. 

Tell MoCs to not forget: Families Belong together and Free!

Hi! My name is [name] and I’m calling from [zip code].

I’m calling today to thank {PERSON} for speaking out against Trump’s cruel zero tolerance policy and the resulting separation of children from their parents at the border. I do also ask that {PERSON} oppose any efforts to create family detention facilities and oppose any funding for such facilities or staff. Please keep a spotlight on the cruel separation of families and keep the pressure on until the practice is stopped and all families are reunited. Families belong together and free.

 

BONUS ACTION: California is making their own net neutrality rules to compensate for the corporate take-over of the federal government. The bill already passed the State Senate, call your State Representative to make sure it passes the house too. 

Tell Hon. Aguiar-Curry to Support Net Neutrality

Hi! My name is [name] and I’m calling from [zip code].

I’m calling today to ask Assemblymember Aguar-Curry to restore Net Neutrality protections in California and vote YES on SB-822.

SB-822 restores Net Neutrality protections in California. Not only that, we’re a large enough state that having protections here could help deter ISPs across the country from taking advantage of the weakened state of Federal Net Neutrality protections.


CALL SCRIPTS, WEEK OF JUNE 25, 2018

 2018-06-25

Trump created the family separation crisis, and his new executive order is not a solution. And like so many other Trump-created crises, Republicans in Congress are letting it happen.

Tell your representatives to Fight Family Detention – Kids do not belong in Jail!

Hi! My name is [name] and I’m calling from [zip code].

I’m calling today to thank [Senator Harris/Feinstein/Rep. Garamendi] for speaking out against Trump’s cruel zero tolerance policy and the resulting separation of children from their parents at the border. I do also ask that [Senator Harris/Feinstein/Rep. Garamendi] oppose any efforts to create family detention facilities.

This crisis was created by the Trump administration’s zero tolerance policy and Trump can fix this with a phone call. Congress should not make this problem worse by voting to create family detention. I urge [Senator Harris/Feinstein/Rep. Garamendi] to oppose any legislation that would create family detention. Families belong together and free.


CALL SCRIPTS, WEEK OF JUNE 18, 2018

 2018-06-18

We have all read the horrible stories about children deliberately being taken from their parents at the border and held in cages (or behind “fences” like the conservative news stories call it, apparently that is a lot better 🤔). Trump has admitted that he is doing so to force the Democrats to support horrific immigration laws and funding for his wall. Let’s make it clear that we do not negotiate with people that are holding kids hostage to get their way!

Call your representatives today!

 

Tell Rep. Garamendi to Fight Trump’s Wall and Protect Children at the Border

Hi! My name is [name] and I’m calling from [zip code].

I’m calling today to tell Rep. Garamendi to vote NO on both the Goodlatte immigration bill (Securing America’s Future Act of 2018 – H.R. 4760) and the Paul Ryan proposal (The Border Security and Immigration Reform Act of 2018).

The administration started by holding Dreamers hostage. Now they are taking children from their families and caging them to use as a bargaining chip for racist changes to our immigration system. If Rep. Garamendi supports immigrants, he will vote no. I’d like to ask him to support only a clean Dream act, and to make it clear that the administration’s choice to take children from their families and imprison them in camps must stop immediately and will not gain any concessions.

 

Ask your Senators to Open Investigation into DHS’s Implementation of Zero Tolerance Policy

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

First, let me thank the Senator for doing her part in protecting the children at the border by sponsoring (Feinstein)/co-sponsoring (Harris) the “Keeping Families Together Act” in the Senate. I am appalled that that the administration will literally take children hostage to get their immigration policies pushed though.

My main reason for calling today is to as the Senator to open up investigations into the DHS’s implementation of their zero tolerance policy for families at the border.

Per journalists who are now touring facilities and writing stories about the policy, the practice of separating families is leading to children being jailed in detention facilities w/ limited access to fresh air, parents being arrested when they refuse to be separated from their children, and so many more horrific acts.

These are horrific practices that are unacceptable, inhumane, and need to be looked into ASAP. Can I count on the Senator to push for investigations questioning these practices, and push for department and policy changes, to eliminate these acts?


CALL SCRIPTS, WEEK OF JUNE 11, 2018

 2018-06-12

Urge Rep. Garamendi to put an end to the separation of families at the border

Hi! My name is ______ and I’m calling from _____, my zipcode is _____. I’m calling today to urge Rep. Garamendi to cosponsor H.R. 5950, the HELP for Separated Children Act, which strengthens the protection for immigrant families and children.

In addition, I’d appreciate if he would speak out against the Trump administration’s separation of immigrant families at the Southern border. This policy is cruel and inhumane and needs to stop.

Background: 

In response to the horrifying treatment of children at the southern border, like the separation of children from their families and guardians, House members have introduced HR 5950 to give legal protection to immigrant families – focusing on the right to stay together throughout the immigration process.

Read more about the bill here. 

Urge Senator Feinstein to put an end to the separation of families at the border

Hi! My name is ______ and I’m calling from _____, my zipcode is _____. I’m calling today to urge Senator Feinstein to cosponsor S. 2937, the HELP Separated Children Act, which strengthens the protection for immigrant families and children.

In addition, I’d appreciate if she would speak out against the Trump administration’s separation of immigrant families at the Southern border. This policy is cruel and inhumane and needs to stop.

Background: 

In response to the horrifying treatment of children at the southern border, like the separation of children from their families and guardians, Senate members have introduced S 2937 to give legal protection to immigrant families – focusing on the right to stay together throughout the immigration process.

Read more about the bill here.

Thank Senator Harris for protecting immigrant families from being separated at the border 

Hi! My name is ______ and I’m calling from _____, my zipcode is _____. I’m calling today to thank Senator Harris for cosponsoring S. 2937, the HELP Separated Children Act, which strengthens the protection for immigrant families and children.

In addition, I’d appreciate if she would speak out against the Trump administration’s separation of immigrant families at the Southern border. This policy is cruel and inhumane and needs to stop.

Background: 

In response to the horrifying treatment of children at the southern border, like the separation of children from their families and guardians, Senate members have introduced S 2937 to give legal protection to immigrant families – focusing on the right to stay together throughout the immigration process.

Read more about the bill here.


BLOG CALL SCRIPTS THE WEEK OF APRIL 30, 2018

 2018-04-30

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!

 

 


BLOG CALL SCRIPTS THE WEEK OF APRIL 23, 2018

 2018-04-23

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.

 


BLOG CALL SCRIPTS THE WEEK OF APRIL 16, 2018

 2018-04-16

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?

 


BLOG CALL SCRIPTS THE WEEK OF APRIL 9, 2018

 2018-04-10

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.


How to Get and Use Amplify

 2018-03-30

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.


BLOG CALL SCRIPTS THE WEEK OF MARCH 26, 2018

 2018-03-26

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.

 

 


BLOG CALL SCRIPTS THE WEEK OF MARCH 19, 2018

 2018-03-19

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.

 


Indivisible Yolo Podcast – Amanda Wilcox of the Brady Campaign

 2018-03-12

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!


BLOG CALL SCRIPTS THE WEEK OF MARCH 12, 2018

 2018-03-12

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.

 

 


BLOG CALL SCRIPTS THE WEEK OF MARCH 5, 2018

 2018-03-09

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.


BLOG CALL SCRIPTS THE WEEK OF FEBRUARY 27, 2018

 2018-02-27

Tell Members of Congress to Defend the 2020 Census

I’m calling to urge MoC to support full funding for the Census Bureau. An accurate count is of extreme importance and the Census Bureau is facing enormous challenges in preparing for the 2020 census which will now be conducted primarily on-line. There is a need for an additional $140 million in 2018 to fully fund critical outreach, promotion, and partnership activities. The Administration’s 2019 Budget request is also inadequate to cover costs of the 2020 Census, raising the concern that the Census will not be sufficiently accurate to support public confidence in the 2021 Congressional redistricting.

I also ask you to oppose a citizenship question on the 2020 census. This last-minute request from the Department of Justice to add an untested question would lower the response rate for both citizens and non-citizens, resulting in an inaccurate census and unfair allocation of resources based on such census results. It would burden the Census Bureau with costly additional non-response follow up work. It would also disrupt the planning process which is now well underway based on tested questions. DOJ’s purported rationale for the citizenship question – that it is necessary to execute the Voting Rights Act – is specious. Alternative surveys have been used for this purpose since 1965, and there is no need to change that practice

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 the Senator 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.

Please let the Senator know that I’ll be watching closely. Especially considering the huge handout Wall Street just got from the tax bill that Congress just passed, banks really don’t need the playing field tilted further in their favor.

Tell Senators to stay strong on immigration and not cave on any of the White House’s outrageous demands

Caller: Hi! My name is [name] and I’m calling from [part of state].

I’m calling today to tell the Senator that I expect her  to vote no on any immigration legislation that would make changes to legal migration or diversity visas. Protecting Dreamers is crucially important, but we can’t let Trump use them as a bargaining chip for drastic, permanent changes to legal immigration that serve his racist vision of who “deserves” to come to America.

It’s important to me that we protect Dreamers, too, but Trump wants to impose a family ban and build his ridiculous border wall in return for those protections. We should not have to pick between some immigrant families and others; The senator should hold strong against these Republican efforts to undermine our immigration system in service of Trump’s racist policies.


BLOG CALL SCRIPTS THE WEEK OF FEBRUARY 12, 2018

 2018-02-12

Tell Rep. Garamendi that Democrats need to stand together to protect Dreamers

My name is _______ and I am calling from zip code ______.

I am profoundly disappointed in Rep. Garamendi for not standing with minority leader Pelosi and the majority of Democrats in their fight for the Dreamers. The Democrats made a promise to fight for a clean DACA but when they are not willing to stand strong as a group when needed they will fail.

Paul Ryan wont put a clean DACA up for a vote unless he is forced to do so, it is not in his political interest. Can I trust Rep. Garamendi to stand with the rest of the Democrats to make sure this happens next time the CR runs out?

 

Call on Senators to continue to support a “clean” DREAM Act

Hi! My name is [name] and I live in [part of state].

First I’d like to thank the Senator for her fight for the Dreamers so far. I’m calling to tell {PERSON} that we need to pass a clean Dream Act, now. 122 Dreamers have been losing their DACA protections every day since Trump announced the end of the program back in September, and starting on March 5 that number will rise to over 1,200 a day. Dreamers are Americans too, and by failing to act Congress is letting Trump and his deportation force enact the administration’s white supremacist agenda.

Dreamers are not a bargaining chip to be used to advance Trump’s racist policies. Every Congressional leader AND Trump himself supports keeping Dreamers in America because it’s the only home they’ve ever known; Congress must keep the promise that we made to Dreamers when DACA was first started. I ask that {PERSON} vote to permanently protect them from deportation and oppose the family ban, more ICE agents, and the border wall.

Tell Rep. Garamendi to Stand up for the Disabled Community and Vote No on HR620

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

I am calling today about HR620, the ADA Education and Reform Act. I am very concerned about the implications this bill. ADA has existed for 27 years and yet disabled people still faces a lot of limitations in their daily life. This bill significantly slows down the process for removing barriers for the disabled and practically removes any incentive for businesses to remove barriers pro-actively.
I urge the Representative to oppose this dismantling of the ADA and stand up for the disabled community.


BLOG CALL SCRIPTS THE WEEK OF FEBRUARY 5, 2018

 2018-02-06

Tell MoCs to denounce “the memo” and protect Mueller’s investigation

Hi! I’m a constituent from [zip code] and my nam is _____.

I’m calling because I’m really disappointed that this Nunes memo is getting so much attention. It’s a see-through political stunt to hurt the Mueller investigation and shield Trump from accountability. I’m calling on {PERSON} to speak out and to denounce “the memo”. I would like to see {PERSON} publicly state that using this “memo” as an excuse to fire Rosenstein or Mueller are red lines and that the memo is a Republican PR stunt and not an excuse to obstruct justice.

In addition, I think that {PERSON} should read the Democratic rebuttal memo into the congressional record. The Constitution protects them from liability in sharing that information, even if it’s classified. We need to have that context in order to counter the misinformation of the Nunes “memo.”

 

Tell MoCs to support a “clean” DREAM Act

My name is ____ and my zip code is _____.

I’m calling on {PERSON} to support a “clean” DREAM Act only. Dreamers are being deported and Trump and the GOP aren’t doing anything to clean up the mess Trump made when he ended DACA in September. We need Congress to fix Trump’s mess, but we can’t let Trump use Dreamers as hostages for his extreme immigration plans, which is why we won’t accept anything less than a “clean” Dream Act.

If this has not been resolved by the time of the budget vote, don’t vote for a budget or CR unless it includes a clean Dream act.

Tell MoCs to prevent increases in military spending

Hello, I am a constituent from zip code ____. I am also a member of Indivisible.

I am asking the Senator to stay strong in the budget negotiations and not allow military expansion. Social safety net programs, such as Medicaid, Medicare, food stamps, housing subsidies, environmental protection, and more, must not be sacrificed for unnecessary increases in military spending. If preventing cuts to social spending risks a government shutdown, I urge the Senator to take that risk. We must defend the social safety net.


BLOG CALL SCRIPTS THE WEEK OF JANUARY 29, 2018

 2018-01-30

 

Thank Our Senators for standing with DREAMers

Hello! My name is ___ and I’m calling from [zip code].

I wanted to thank the senator for voting against the continuing resolution that didn’t include the Dream Act. I expect that the senator will continue to be a champion for Dreamers by voting against the upcoming continuing resolution on February 8. With the administration threatening to deport Dreamers en masse after DACA ends on March 5, and tens of thousands of Dreamers already at risk, there is no excuse for the senator to enable this by voting for a CR that doesn’t protect Dreamers.

 

Tell Rep. Garamendi that he should be ashamed of abandoning DREAMers

Hello! My name is ___ and I’m calling from [zip code].

I am very disappointed Rep. Garamendi changed his vote from Friday to Monday and voted for the CR that didn’t include the Dream Act. Dreamers deserve MoCs who will stand with them and use their vote to protect them from the Trump deportation machine.

Rep. Garamendi can only end his complicity in Trump’s racist policies by demanding a vote on the Dream Act now. With the administration threatening to deport Dreamers en masse after DACA ends on March 5, and tens of thousands of Dreamers already at risk, there is no excuse to enable this by voting for a CR that doesn’t protect Dreamers.

 

Tell all MoC’s to defend the census

Hi, my name is _______ and I’m a constituent from zip code______ and a member of Indivisible. I’m calling to ask MoC to insist that the 2020 Census not include a question about the respondent’s citizenship.

The Census count is used to determine representation in Congress. An inaccurate count will result in unfair representation, which is exactly why Republicans are trying to scare off respondents by inserting a question asking if they are citizens. The GOP can’t win elections fairly and they’re determined to cheat instead. They must be stopped.

Will MoC demand that the citizenship question be stripped from the Census?

Thank you!

 

 

 

 


BLOG CALL SCRIPTS THE WEEK OF JANUARY 22, 2018

 2018-01-22

Tell Our Senators to Hold GOP to their Promise on DACA

 

Hi, my name is _______ and I’m a constituent from zip code______ and a member of Indivisible. I’m calling to thank {PERSON} for voting no on the continuing resolution without DACA. I share the senator’s disappointment that many Democrats decided to support a spending bill on a promise from the GOP when it is clear they are not negotiating in good faith.

I now urge the Senator to push the bi-partisan DACA bill and hold McConnell to his promise to put it up for a vote.

 

 

Urge MoCs to boycott the State of the Union address

Hi, my name is _______ and I’m a constituent from zip code______ and a member of Indivisible. I’m calling to ask {PERSON} to boycott the State of the Union address.

In normal times boycotting the Address would be unthinkable. However. Trump is unfit to be President. He is an authoritarian who has called for attacks on the press, the judiciary and the rule of law. This when he isn’t calling countries with brown people “shitholes” and asking to let in lily-white Norwegians. He’s also a pathological liar. He doesn’t deserve to be respected and he shouldn’t be listened to. A number of Representatives have already said they won’t attend the address. Will {PERSON} please join them in boycotting the State of the Union address?

 


Indivisible Yolo Podcast – Dr. Mindy Romero of the California Civic Engagement Project

 2018-01-14

Dr Mindy Romero, Director of the California Civic Engagement Project at UC Davis, joins our hosts on the podcast this week. Dr. Romero founded the Civic Engagement project to address a need for more research on civic engagement, particularly voting behavior, and particularly in respect to underrepresented groups, and disparity in both engagement and representation. The CCEP aims to understand why and how groups are underrepresented and disenfranchised, with the goal of aiding in the implementation of solutions to create a more representative democracy.

On CCEP’s website, http://ccep.ucdavis.edu, you can find a whole host of resources and all of CCEP’s publications. There you can find a number of tools, including a mapping tool that visualizes the findings of the Center’s research – down to a neighborhood level. It visualizes participation and voter turnout, and draws correlations between engagement and social, economic, and environmental outcomes.

Currently CCEP is working on projects pertaining to elections, both pre- and post-election. Before an election they look questions around policy and summarize what to expect in the election, and afterward, questions around what happened – who participated, how to make sense of the outcome, what, if anything, would have changed it, and how to increase turnout in the future. Another major focus is election behavior and voting reforms, like online voter registration and California’s new pre-registration program.

Beyond voting, CCEP does research around policy, including a project focused around a new bill called the “Ballot Initiative Transparency Act.” Currently, California does a lot of its legislating through the ballot box – some notable examples include legalizing recreational marijuana, or reforming the appeals process for the death penalty. CCEP is planning to track how this bill will affect the way that Californians vote on ballot initiatives, and if it changes voting behavior in the future.

CCEP also looks at voter disenfranchisement, and one of its current major emphases is the youth vote. Their website will soon host a new study on youth turnout and participation in California’s central valley, particularly focused on Latino youth. They ask why youth engage, what engagement means to them, what opportunities and barriers exist in their communities, and whether what we think of as civic engagement actually matches up with what’s available to young people, and what makes sense in their lives. As is true of any survey, metrics must match and reflect what they aim to study, and it’s not clear that traditional metrics always match or resonate with young people’s experience. The CCEP is interested in examining these metrics in an effort to better study young people’s engagement and motives.

In addition to ongoing projects, CCEP partners with any number of organizations and individuals to address any burning questions and help them better advocate or legislate for Californians. They also partner with dissemination groups in an effort to make sure that the research is heard and understood by as many people as possible. They do briefings at the capital, through the press office at UC Davis, through advocacy organizations and lawmakers offices, and hold talks and conferences throughout the state to help get the word out. That kind of outreach and “aggressive dissemination” is key to making sure the research has an impact – information is only useful if as many people know about it as possible. It’s also key to make sure that it is easy to understand and accessible for anyone who needs it, which is why CCEP’s website is full of data visualization tools and tables, and why all of their research is published there with open access to all. But CCEP knows that it can always do more to make sure its findings reach affected groups, and is constantly looking for education and outreach opportunities.

One of CCEP’s major studies, “As California Goes, So Goes the Nation?” looks at the changing demographics in California, how that’s changed the makeup of voters, and what that means for California and the nation. It’s no surprise that California’s demographics have changed significantly with respect to race, ethnicity, and age. Compared to 1980, a common marker for demographic research, the Latino population has grown from 19% to 39%, and currently is larger than the white population (38%). Asian Americans are currently about 13%, and African Americans are about 6% of California’s population. This means California is a much more diverse state than it was even 40 years ago, but raises questions of how that translates to the electorate – who is participating, who is eligible, and what the outcomes are as a result.

What CCEP has found is that the voting population – those who are eligible and who do vote – does not match up demographically to the makeup of the state. Both people of color and young people are drastically underrepresented in the electorate, and thus in government. Part of the reason CCEP does its research is to better understand why these trends exist, and how to get these demographics engaged and voting.

In an ideal democracy, there would be 100% voter turnout, but currently the U.S. has the lowest voter turnout rate for all established democracies across the world. And that has serious consequences. Policy makers are influenced by their voting base, particularly those who will hold them accountable during elections. When demographics don’t vote, it has a direct effect on what policies lawmakers will pursue, whether because they don’t have the information they need, or for more sinister reasons. Oftentimes, though, lawmakers want more data on their constituents, which is why they will partner with the CCEP.

The study also looks at how California compares to the rest of the nation in terms of demographic shift, and the power the Californians have over the presidential races. The bottom line is that Californian numbers represent a more national trend towards diversification, but illustrate how that doesn’t necessarily translate into better representation in government.

Another major area of research focuses on the youth vote – what kinds of roadblocks exist, in registration and engagement, and the culture around youth vote. There are a number that exist, and many are intentional. Oftentimes, we as a culture don’t want to see young people participate, and certainly don’t actively encourage them to participate. However, after elections, one of the first questions asked is “why don’t young people participate?” It’s easy to blame young people, but in reality, the system and our culture does very little to give any sort of support, encouragement, or education on how to participate. In fact, we often expect young people, when they turn 18, to magically know all the nuts and bolts of voter registration and elections, and also to be motivated to vote.

Even here in California, we have a culture where it is socially acceptable for young people to not participate in the political process. In addition, there are structural barriers that keep young people from voting. Voter registration is tied to an address, when we know that many young people are incredibly mobile, and often move every year or two. So, students at Davis, for example, have to figure out which address to use when they register to vote, which means they may not get their ballot in time, or must remember to re-register every year when they move.

There are also attitudes that discourage young people from voting, and discount their experiences. A commonly held notion is that young people don’t have enough worldly knowledge or experience to vote, and that they should wait until they pay taxes, have stable jobs, and ‘know more,’ before they participate. And this attitude is often internalized by young people – the CCEP often hears how young people don’t feel they know enough, or haven’t experienced enough to feel comfortable voting. This is a form of voter suppression. We have a long history in the U.S. of qualifying the right to vote – making people prove that they are worthy and ‘competent,’ enough to participate. This has taken the form of literacy tests, and poll taxes, but more recently looks like voter I.D. laws, a lack of civics education, and this quiet discouragement of young people.

But even though young people aren’t always voting, that doesn’t mean they aren’t involved. Often, they are volunteering and participating in their local communities, but don’t see how casting a ballot will affect tangible change, particularly when they grew up during a recession, and have witnessed gridlock and government shutdowns. Making the connection between casting a ballot and improving their communities will be key in engaging young people in the political process, as well as acknowledging and valuing the work that young people are already doing in their communities.

In addition to making the connection between voting and policy changes that affect communities, it’s important to impart how impactful every vote is. Particularly in state and local elections, we’ve seen one vote be the deciding factor, and local elections are arguably some of the most important, because they impact how policy will be implemented in a community. Even nationally, CCEP’s research has shown that, in the last presidential election, if more people had voted, we likely would have had a different outcome. As it stands, a little under 60% of eligible voters participated, and only a quarter of them voted for the winning candidate, which was a slightly lower than average year in terms of turnout. Recently, in Alabama, we saw an unexpected candidate win as a result of record levels of turnout by the African American community. Ultimately, every vote matters, even on a scale as large as the national and presidential level.

California is at the forefront of voter engagement policy, having recently enacted online voter registration and voter pre-registration. Online voter registration has changed the way people register to vote, and about 4 million people (about 40% of voters) are using the service – whether to register for the first time, or to re-register. It’s also changing the accuracy of voter information, because the forms don’t allow for incorrect addresses or typos, and there’s no issue with deciphering handwriting.

Despite its positive impacts, there are still groups that are underrepresented in their use of online voter registration – most notably Latinos, low income voters, and foreign born voters. So there is room for improvement in the implementation of the online voter registration system, and outreach to underrepresented communities. Overall, however, the system has been a success in the number of people who are using it, and a number of voter advocacy and registration groups have expressed their appreciation in the ease of registering voters. The Secretary of State is a big proponent of registration efforts, and there were a number of online campaigns – most notably on Facebook – where click through advertisements took eligible voters directly to a registration form. Often, spikes of voter registration occurred around key points in the election, such as super Tuesday, and CCEP infers that people were seeing developments in politics that they did or didn’t like, and were spurred to register to vote. Online voter registration is key in capturing that momentum, because it creates an instant connection, and removes barriers of time and space – it is no longer required to go out and pick up a form, fill it out, and mail or submit it, let alone leave the house.

If you’d like to check out some of the research done by CCEP, their findings are posted on the website: http://ccep.ucdavis.edu. In addition, you can find Dr. Romero’s contact information if you or someone you know is interested in partnering for a study, interning as a researcher, or using some of the data to guide and implement policy.


Indivisible Yolo Podcast – Sarah Zimmerman of Retirement Security for All

 2018-01-08

Sarah Zimmerman, Program Director for Retirement Security for All, joins the podcast this week, to discuss the effects of the #TaxScam with respect to social programs, and her research into retirement security across the state of California.

Last year, in October, Congress passed a budget resolution that, along with $5.8 trillion ($5,800,000,000,000) in spending cuts, included a provision that allowed them to pass their tax resolution with a simple majority in the Senate, rather than a ⅔ majority. Although the cuts weren’t enacted, the resolution gives a pretty clear picture of which programs the GOP is planning to cut, particularly in the wake of the #TaxScam, and subsequent deficit increase.

A number of programs slated for the chopping block include those that benefit seniors, which is Sarah’s research focus. They’re coming after the housing assistance budget, they want to eliminate the legal services budget, and they want to eliminate state grants for emergencies – things like hurricanes and wildfires. In addition, they want to cut more than $1 trillion ($1,000,000,000,000) from Medicaid, even though approximately 6 out of every 10 people in a nursing home depend almost exclusively on it.

Sarah has been looking into what these types of cuts would look like, and how they’d manifest in counties across California. She looked at 10 counties in California that are in districts represented by vulnerable Republicans – meaning they represent a district that Hillary Clinton won. San Joaquin county, for instance, which is in California’s 10th district, represented by Jeff Dehnem, would see a $12 million ($12,000,000) cut to its budget through Trump’s $6 billion ($6,000,000,000) housing cuts. Currently, 9,000 senior headed homes pay more than half of their income in housing costs, and over 2,000 of these households could lose their housing entirely, as a result of these cuts.

Every county has numbers like that. In Yolo, there are 3,000 senior headed households that pay more than half of their income in housing costs. Because senior headed households are often older couples, that means that 6,000 people are vulnerable. In addition, about 1,000 households include a senior who relies on federal subsidies, meaning those households could also lose their housing. Sarah points out that the only way that people are surviving on Social Security benefits is that they have subsides from other government programs, like housing, Medicare, or legal aid. The average Social Security check is about $1,300 per month, which is comparable to what most one bedroom apartments cost to rent in Yolo county. Pulling these programs, and reducing payouts obviously puts a strain on these people and their households.

A strain will also be put on the local economy, through lost government revenue, and loss of consumer purchasing power. A tax break to seniors, that puts more spending money in their pockets, for example, means that money will be spent in their communities and taxed by the local economy. A tax break for a billionaire, on the other hand, doesn’t ensure that kind of local and widespread spending – one person simply can’t be spending little amounts everywhere the same way that a multitude of people in communities across the country can. This is called a multiplier effect: a senior who has an extra dollar in their pocket, and who spends that dollar in a local economy, will have an economic ripple effect, multiplying the value of that dollar.

Another program on the chopping block is SNAP, the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, more colloquially known as food stamps. Here in California, it’s known as CalFresh, and you can learn more by listening to our podcast with Don Saylor (episode 28). SNAP is another program that has a multiplier effect – roughly 1.79%. Moody’s, a fairly conservative economic analysis group, estimates that funding SNAP has a greater positive effect on the economy than tax cuts. SNAP’s multiplier of 1.79% means that for every dollar invested in SNAP, that generates growth in the local economy equivalent to almost double its original worth. For Yolo County, that means about $57 million ($57,000,000).

On an individual level, many people benefit from overlap of these programs. For example, a single parent, making $15 an hour, taking care of an aging parent, might head a household that receives Social Security, Medicare, and SNAP benefits, among others. This means that they can take time off work to take care of that aging parent, or can afford to have a caregiver for when they have to go to work. It means they can afford childcare for young children, so the parent can go to work. If the kids are older, they may be able to take advantage of federal grants and scholarships for college. The family might receive subsidies that allow them to afford their housing, electricity, or even their centralized heating and air, particularly if they live in dangerously hot places like California’s central valley. If these subsidies go away, this family could lose their housing, their heat, their child or elder care, and any hope of attending college. Sarah’s research has found that many families like this are only one or two paychecks away from losing their housing, or their cars, and any type of emergency or medical disaster can put them in financial ruin. It is a precarious and incredibly stressful situation.

One of the most dangerous cuts would be to the legal services budget. Many may not realize how important it is that low-income folks have access to legal services, but Sarah mentions a man who required medicine to control his high blood pressure, but through clerical error, was unable to register for MediCal. He couldn’t leave his home because his other medical supplies had run dangerously low, but he was able to call legal services and within a day they had re-established his MediCal. Without legal aid, he may not have survived, and certainly would not have been able to keep his dignity, yet the GOP budget aims to cut these services entirely.

Part of what we can do to fight back is to continue educating. For a long, and yet somehow still incomplete, detailing of the horrors in the tax bill, check out the Holiday Tax Scam Special, or read the blog. Educate proponents of the bill that a one time bonus of $1,000 won’t last long in the face of health insurance rate hikes, new expenses that were previously covered by social programs, or even new taxes. Make sure when 2019 rolls around, people understand that their taxes have changed because of that bill that was passed at the end of 2017. Keep reminding them. Major Republican donors like the Koch brothers have already pledged millions of dollars to try and put a positive spin on the bill, and they are rolling out an extended PR campaign. We can combat it by spreading information about what this bill actually does, getting out in the streets – like the graduate students Averyl Dietering and Breanne Weber did at UC Davis – and continuing to shame the GOP. Most importantly, the only way to change the situation is to take back the government in November 2018, which means registering and making sure folks are able to vote.

If you’d like to learn more about retirement security, and Sarah’s research, you can check out Retirement Security for All’s website: RSAcalifornia.org. They also have a facebook page, and work closely with CARA – California Alliance for Retired Americans. Sarah suggests getting involved, in part, because the seniors of CARA are so courageous and fun to work with. She’d also like to ask that anyone who has a story of how they benefited from social welfare programs – CHIP, Social Security, MediCal, legal services, or others – share it on the RSA website. On the homepage, there’s a link to share your experience, and Sarah suggests ignoring the prompt and simply telling your story.

If you’d like to get involved with flipping Jeff Denham’s seat in California District 10, Organize Win Legislate’s Director, Tristan Brown, stopped by the pod, and has a number of ways to get involved. Indivisible Manteca is also organizing to wrest power away from Denham in 2018.


Indivisible Yolo Podcast – Tax Scam Holiday Special

 2018-01-07

On this week’s podcast, Isabel and Andy dig in to some of the details of the GOP Tax Plan (or #TaxScam).

To start, the bill claims it will give savings to Average Everyday Americans. Speaker Ryan and other GOP members have claimed that the bill will save the Average American about $2,000 on their taxes, although the actual number from GOP and non-partisan analysts is $1,182. Many members of the GOP have been touting that it’s an increase of roughly $22 per week (or $88 per month), directly into the pocket of the Average American.

To start, using an average is misleading. Isabel points out that she and Barry Bonds have an average of 381 home runs, she and Apa Sherpa have climbed Mt. Everest an average of 11 times, and that she and Bill Gates have an average net worth of $45 billion (that’s $45,000,000,000). Which is to say, if the tax bill gives a millionaire a $10 million tax break, and someone making $7.25 – minimum wage – nothing, they still have an average savings of $5 million (that’s $5,000,000). In this case, a better metric would be median savings, the same way the census and other agencies use a median to measure things like household income, because averages can be skewed by outliers. 

In addition to misrepresenting the savings by using an average instead of a median, the GOP are ignoring two major disasters in health insurance – the repeal of the individual mandate, included in this bill, and the non-renewal of CHIP’s budget. Repealing the individual mandate, which would mean that individuals would no longer be required to have health insurance, will destabilize the healthcare markets, which makes the cost of health insurance increase, and will decrease the pool of healthy, insured people, which will make health insurance overall more expensive. Plus, low-income families will no longer have their children’s health insurance covered by the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), which, for a family of four with two children on CHIP, could mean an increase of anywhere from $400 to $600 per month. It really cuts into the $88 per month in savings they’re supposed to be getting.

Thankfully, despite all the pro-#TaxScam propaganda, the bill polls around 30%, and many who are currently in favor of the bill do not realize that, especially if they live in California, their taxes are actually more likely to increase as a result of the provision that removes deductions for state and local taxes (SALT). SALT primarily helps people who live in high tax states, by allowing them to deduct the taxes they pay at the local or state levels from their federal taxes, to avoid paying those taxes twice. People in states like New York, California, and New Jersey in particular are set to lose large deductions as a result of this repeal.

Another talking point being touted is the idea that reducing taxes on the wealthiest Americans will result in job growth and reinvestment in the economy – the Trickle Down Economics theory, which is a myth. The past three presidents who implemented trickle down or deregulation policies have either crashed, stagflated, or recessed the economy. A lack of regulation doesn’t provide for more growth, it paves the way for speculation and practices that prey on the poor, which result in bubbles and subsequent bursts. The U.S. has a long history of speculation leading to crashes, from speculation in the 1800s around gold and silver, to speculation and deregulation in stocks in the 1920s, to speculation and deregulation in 2008 around housing – none of which ended well for the Average American. Even today, we’re seeing a similar pattern with predatory and speculative auto loans, not unlike the housing loans and mortgages that were common prior to 2008, and a rental market exploding with little to no protection for consumers and renters. This type of deregulation, tax cuts, and invitation of speculation has resulted in recessions and crashes, and that means money being taken out of workers’ pockets.

In addition, CEOs have flat out denied the claims that they will reinvest in the economy, job training, or wages. They will buy back stocks and pay greater dividends, which doesn’t help the Average American, but rather helps stockholders and company executives. Wells Fargo’s CEO in particular has been on the record stating that his company will invest back in the company so that they produce greater profits and dividends every quarter. Well Fargo is also being used to put a positive spin on the bill, since they announced they will be raising employees wages to $15 an hour in the coming year. While the GOP and right wing media have touted this as an effect of the #TaxScam, they ignore that Wells Fargo had announced this wage hike back in September, before the tax bill had even been drafted. So, Wells Fargo had the means to pay its workers $15 an hour before its taxes were cut, but yet the tax bill will benefit them to the tune of $3.7 billion (that’s $3,700,000,000), while their CEO makes about $19 million (that’s $19,000,000). The company has promised to donate $400 million to charity as a result of the windfall, but that’s less than 2% of its total gains, even combined with the pay increases for workers.

Other companies like AT&T have promised to give all employees a $1,000 bonus because of the bill, but that’s only a one time thing. Meanwhile, the new tax laws that apply to corporations have no sunset date, meaning they’ll never expire unless the laws are changed, while individuals will see their tax deductions disappear in 2027. The bonus is clearly aimed at making the tax bill more popular – rather than investing in American workers by giving them a 5% raise every year to keep up with the cost of inflation, creating pensions and 401(k) matching programs, or expanding health insurance benefits, they are choosing to give a one time bonus of a measly $1,000.

Another reason companies are raising the wages to $15 and giving bonuses is to draw support from the Fight for $15 movement, but they and others are already pivoting. Previous guests Sarah Zimmerman (Podcast 11) and Sean Raycraft (Podcast 5) have talked about how the Fight for $15 movement is actually the Fight for $15 and a union. Thankfully, the movement and others have already pivoted. They’ve achieved their $15 minimum wage ($31,200 per year), but now they’re fighting for the right to unionize at these companies, because they realize that while the $1,000 bonus may be popular, it doesn’t last the same way wage increases, health benefits, and pensions do.

So although certain companies may give out slightly higher bonuses this year, the Average American will actually see a tax increase. The median household income across the country is $59,000 per year, with the median in Yolo around $54,000. Non partisan organizations have estimated that households earning below $70,000 per year will see their taxes increase – that’s about 24 million people – by as much as $800 per year. So, not only will that one time payment of $1,000 per year be eaten up for many by $800 in new taxes, they’ll have to shoulder the burden of those taxes in subsequent years, without the benefit of that $1,000 bonus.

The GOP doesn’t seem to believe this, though, in part because they don’t seem to understand what the Average American is. In a tweet, John Cornyn suggested that a married couple earning $100,000 per year via $60,000 in wages, $20,000 in non-corporate business income, and $15,000 in business income would see their taxes decrease. This model of income is not typical, and that the figures are much higher than the Average American earns (keeping in mind that the median income is $59,000, not $100,000). In fact, this model of income is more in line with how lobbyists and political donors make money – they earn salaries, have bonuses or stock market gains as non-corporate income, and have ‘side’ businesses like real estate. Looking at Senator Cornyn’s tweet, it appears that they took this model of income, slashed a few zeroes off the end, and went “this looks about right.” Ultimately, this says a lot about who is behind this bill and who it’s intended to benefit.

Its beneficiaries, in addition to the corporations, include Congress. Bob Corker, for example, is now able to pass almost a third of his $69 million ($69,000,000) net worth on to his children, tax free, and will be able to take advantage of a new real estate loophole. Corker earns around $7 million per year in revenue from his real estate enterprise, which is considered “pass through” income, as it passes through his personal tax returns (in this case, people are corporations, friends). In the new bill, pass through income will only be taxed at 20%, so Senator Corker’s $7 million ($7,000,000) per year, and Donald Trump’s $68 million ($68,000,000) per year, will be taxed at lower rates than people who make $75,000 per year. Corker is a notorious deficit hawk, and has gone on record saying that he will not vote for any bill that raises the deficit – even by a penny. But, after the real estate loophole was introduced to the bill (penciled in may be a more accurate term), he switched his vote.

Ultimately this #TaxScam penalizes the poor to benefit the rich, handing the poor a death sentence and the middle class a bill. And the intent to harm is clear, as Senator Ted Cruz points out while pontificating about the merits of the bill. The bill repeals tax deductions for state and local taxes (SALT), which will particularly harm residents of California, New York, New Jersey, and other high tax, left-leaning states. Cruz says “the only people whose taxes are going up are the really rich. The middle class, their taxes are all going down; the working class, their taxes are going down; every taxpayer, their taxes are going down. Except rich people, in Manhattan and San Francisco, some of them, their taxes may go up.” A few things in this statement are demonstrably false. First, as we mentioned previously, those making less than $70,000 per year are likely to see an increase in their taxes. Second, the implication that everywhere in New York is like Manhattan or everywhere in California is like San Francisco does a disservice to the diversity of states, and plays into the false narrative that all New Yorkers or Californians are “coastal elites.” Third, the idea that everyone in Manhattan and San Francisco is rich is laughable. What he is right about is that people in Manhattan and San Francisco will see their taxes go up, but it won’t be rich people in those cities, and it won’t be confined to the cities. Poor and working class people across these states will feel the blow of SALT repeal, which is clearly intended to harm states with high taxes that tend to vote blue. It is a partisan move, with obvious intent to harm, and it may be a death sentence for many struggling citizens in high tax states.

But the intentional harm doesn’t end at states that vote blue, it’s also piled on to Puerto Rico, which is slapped with new taxes even in the midst of recovery from a national disaster. Despite the majority of Puerto Ricans being without power, without water, and being wholly dependent on charitable organizations – rather than their own government – for aid, and despite Puerto Rico’s debt crisis prior to the hurricane, the GOP have opted to raise taxes on the vulnerable island’s residents.

Vulnerable kids are in the line of fire, as well, since Congress has failed to re-authorize a budget for the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), which provides 9 million children with health insurance. This means funding will run out in 2018, and parents will either be forced to pay higher costs to have their children insured, or leave their children uninsured. One father, who works as a layer for a non-profit, but doesn’t make enough money to insure his two children, will see an increase of $600 per month if he adds them to his plan. Even if he were an Average American who got a tax break of $1,182 per year, that would be eaten up within two months by his increased health care costs.

The worst part about CHIP is that Congress has known that funding will run out, and has actively not made reauthorization a priority. Congress sets its own deadlines for its budgets, and has known since April of 2015 that CHIP will expire in September of 2017. They have known for more than two years, and they have done nothing. And time is running out. CHIP has been funded through the end of 2017, but many states have already run out of funding. To compensate, states with excess or larger budgets, like California, have donated money to other states in an effort to keep these programs running until at least the end of 2017. But that creates a deficit for these generous states, and means that they too will be shutting down their CHIPs come January 31, 2018. 16 states have plans to either completely cut or begin phasing out children’s health insurance by January 31st: California, Nevada, Oregon, Washington, Idaho, Utah, Colorado, Arizona, Texas, Pennsylvania, Minnesota, Florida, Virginia, D.C., Delaware, Massachusetts, and New Hampshire. Together these states represent 5 million of the 9 million kids on CHIP (that’s 5,000,000 of the 9,000,000 children), so that’s 5 million kids that will be without health insurance starting on January 31st.

States are trying to mitigate the problem. Many are trying to get kids, particularly very sick kids, on to Medicaid, but it’s not a process that happens overnight, and states are scrambling. Some states are so overwhelmed they are simply shutting their programs’ doors. Notices began to go out on December 15th, and 9 million families will spend their holidays wondering how they will cover the costs of their children’s medical care in the coming years.

For perspective, the #TaxScam adds $1.5 trillion ($1,500,000,000,000) to the deficit. $1.5 trillion could fund CHIP, in its current form, for 915 years. Ultimately, this is a question of priorities, and since the deficit doesn’t seem to matter any more, where the GOP chose to spend the money – in tax cuts for billionaires – is a reflection of their priorities.

Senator Angus King, on the Senate floor, summed it up nicely: “We don’t know anything now that we didn’t know in the middle of September or in August – that we could have passed this program, but we just blew right by it. Maybe it’s because none of our kids are in this program. I’d venture to say that if the children of the members of the United States Senate were in the CHIP program, we would have met that deadline. But we didn’t.” The failure to reauthorize CHIP, in conjunction with the clear and direct benefit to members of Congress, is a succinct summary of the priorities of this bill.

Priorities that include repealing Obamacare, or the Affordable Care Act. While the bill isn’t a complete repeal, like President Trump is touting, it does repeal the individual mandate, which requires every person to have health insurance. The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) a non-partisan government agency that scores bills, estimates that 13 million people (13,000,000) could lose their health insurance as a result of this repeal. Additionally senators who had been working on a bipartisan effort to stabilize the healthcare markets, which would lower costs for everyone, came out immediately after the tax bill passed to say that their legislation had been permanently tabled and would never see the floor, much less a vote. Rather than support these attempts, the tax bill will destabilized markets, which will make prices for health insurance skyrocket. The previously mentioned lawyer, whose children are on CHIP, who will pay $600 per month if he adds them to his plan when CHIP runs out of money, could see that $600 turn into $800 or $1,200, or more as a result of destabilized markets.

Insurance companies and patients are, uniquely, on the same side in this fight. Insurance companies want the individual mandate because it helps them offset costs. Healthy people are cheaper to insure than not healthy people, and when they all pay into one pot of money, it helps even things out. Patients, in turn, want this for more or less the same reason: healthy people paying into the healthcare market brings down costs for everyone, because there’s less volatility – companies know how many people will be buying insurance (everyone), at what rates, and can estimate how many people will be sick or hurt and need to take money out. When companies know these things, they don’t need to inflate rates, because they can calculate more or less exactly how they’re going to cover their costs and meet their bottom line. When these things are uncertain, it means companies will charge more, in an effort to ensure that they don’t lose money.

This is a lose-lose for patients and insurance companies, but a win for a GOP that hates Obamacare. Many young, healthy people will see it as a win, as well, forgetting that tragedy can strike at any time, and that the purpose of health insurance is a safeguard against bankruptcy at the hands of a medical emergency.

The bill also includes a handful of horrific riders. Congressional bills normally carry benign so-called “riders,” but the #TaxScam has a few particularly troubling riders. The first is a provision that allows for drilling in Alaskan wildlife refuges – the Arctic Wildlife Refuge specifically. It was something Senator Murkowski desperately wanted, and is touting as a job creating provision, despite the fact that drilling isn’t expected to begin for another 10 years – meaning jobs won’t be created for another 10 years. Not to mention, ‘clean energy’ has been consistently creating more and more jobs, while coal, oil, and other crude energy sources have been in steady decline for decades. While this might create jobs for the lawyers fighting the suits against this drilling, it doesn’t seem like it will create many blue collar jobs, and certainly not in the near future. More importantly, this opens a door for drilling and sectioning off other wildlife refuges and parks across the country. The Trump administration has already reduced the size of Bears Ears park in Utah, citing that the government shouldn’t own that much land.

Another particularly unfortunate rider in the bill particularly for those with uteruses, is an attempt to define life at conception. The bill changes the language in the tax code around personhood, and defines the “unborn child” – the fetus – as a legal entity, and equates it with an actual child. The idea was that parents could begin saving for a child’s college expenses – in a 529 college savings fund – at the moment of conception. This is a preposterous idea for a number of reasons, not the least of which that most people don’t know the instant they’re pregnant. Adding 9 months of savings (at most, but more likely 6 months) on to a college savings fund wouldn’t make much of a difference in the grand scheme of things, especially considering cuts to higher education and subsequent tuition increases – to say nothing of how privileged parents must be in order to have enough money to save for college and have the knowledge to open a 529 fund. This change in definition is a thinly veiled attempt to define personhood at conception, and the first step in classifying abortion, or even a miscarriage, as murder.

Looking forward, our deficit will be growing by $1.5 trillion ($1,500,000,000,000), which adds to our current $25 trillion ($25,000,000,000,000) deficit. The GOP claims that this addition will be offset by growth, but the majority of economists disagree that it’s even possible. The bill is fiscally irresponsible, but the GOP has already made it clear that they’re looking to make cuts to ‘entitlement’ programs as a way to offset the added deficit. After the passage of the #TaxScam, the Chair of the Ways and Means Committee, Kevin Brady, said “we’re going to have to, over time, make tough decisions to restrain spending.” They wouldn’t have to do that if they hadn’t passed a $1.5 trillion dollar deficit increase. Some of the programs in the crosshairs include those that help the most vulnerable: Medicaid, Medicare, Social Security, food stamps, legal aid, and they may never reauthorize funding for CHIP, citing a need to cut costs. Student loan forgiveness programs are already in danger; a bill in the House would eliminate the program that allows students loans to be forgiven in exchange for ten years of government service, something many professionals – like veterinarians or social workers – depend on.

There are enough small things in this bill that every single person will be affected by it in one way or another. Many people will be devastated by it. Going forward, we must mitigate the harm, educate our friends and neighbors, and fight like hell to wrest power away from the GOP in 2018.


Blog Call Scripts the Week of November 20, 2017

 2017-11-20

Tell Garamendi to fight for net neutrality

I’m calling from [zip code] to ask Rep. Garamendi to do anything in his power to stop the FCC from killing net neutrality and the strong Title II oversight of Internet Service Providers.

Preserving an open internet is crucial for fair and equal access to the resources and information available on it.

 

Tell senators to vote NO and slow down the Tax Scam bill

My name is ________ and I am a constituent of the Senator  in the _______ zip code. I am also a member of IndivisibleYolo. I am calling to ask the Senator to do everything in her power to block the terrible tax bill being pushed through Congress by the GOP.

This bill is a scam that will give massive tax cuts to the wealthy, paid for by increasing taxes on ordinary taxpayers and by forcing deep cuts to critical programs like Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security. This bill represents a massive transfer of wealth from poor and middle class taxpayers to the richest individuals and corporations. It is especially harmful to states like California, by eliminating SALT (state and local tax) deductions, mortgage interest and property tax deductions, and programs that fund affordable housing.

I hope the Senator will continue her work on all fronts to avoid this tax bill becoming law. 

 

Tell Garamendi to renew funding for the CHIP Program

Hello! My name is [ name ] and I’m calling from [area].

I’m calling to ask that Rep. Garamendi support reauthorization of the Children’s Health Insurance Program immediately. The Children’s Health Insurance Program ensures nearly 9 million children have health insurance. CHIP is a federal-state partnership where the federal government provides most—or in some cases, all—of the funding necessary to cover uninsured children. This is an important and necessary program that protects our children.


Indivisible Yolo Podcast – Diego Rivas of Democrats Abroad in Berlin

 2017-11-20

Diego Rivas, Chapter Chair of the Democrats Abroad in Berlin, joined us this week on the pod to discuss voter engagement overseas.

Democrats Abroad is the official arm of the Democratic party for Americans living abroad. It’s main purpose is to ensure that voters are able to vote and participate in the civic process. One of the ways they make sure to stay in touch is to send postcards, which members can pick up at their meetings, and to stay informed about issues in their home states.

And Democrats don’t forget about their voters abroad. Several prominent figures, including Martin O’Malley, Eric Garcetti, and Howard Dean, have come to speak to the Democrats Abroad of Berlin, in particular. Some important races are decided by absentee ballots, which are most often cast by Americans living overseas. In 2008, Al Franken even won his senate seat by a mere 312 votes – a number of which were from Americans abroad.

A big focus for the group is voter engagement, which is particularly difficult when members are from diverse areas of origin. In the Berlin group alone, there are few people who come from the same state, let alone the same county. And since states often have different voter registration and ID laws, keeping track and making sure that folks have up-to-date information is crucial and difficult.

Some things that Americans don’t think twice about can make a huge difference for Democrats Abroad. For instance, they must be incredibly selective about who they take donations from, or even sell things to, as they run the risk of taking campaign donations from foreign nationals, which is illegal. Although they often find friends, family, and colleagues sympathetic to their cause, they must be sure to never engage in any sort of financial transaction that could be considered illegal.

In addition to voter engagement, the party at large is pushing a Tax Reform plan, regarding residence based taxation, or RBT. Currently, the US taxes residents of other countries, while they also pay taxes in their country of residence. Many Democrats would like to see fair, residence based taxation, while others argue that removing US taxes would create unfair loopholes for corporations with overseas operations. Whatever the outcome, it’s important that Americans living in other countries are taxed within reason, and that corporations aren’t allowed to circumvent the law through these types of loopholes.

Democrats Abroad, as an official arm of the party, is also involved in the Democratic National Convention, and sends around 13 delegates every year. Similarly to how delegates are designated and selected stateside, the world is divided up into several slices – the Americas, Europe and Africa, and Asia – each of which sends a certain number of delegates. Delegates are chosen the way they are stateside: each delegate runs a small campaign and is elected to represent their district. Diego was lucky enough to be part of the Berlin elections, which is where the European delegates were chosen.

If you’re planning on living abroad, or know someone who is living abroad, the best way to get involved is to go to the Democrats Abroad webpage, and find the nearest group. If there isn’t one, Diego recommends starting a charter – it’s a lot easier than it looks!


Indivisible Yolo Podcast – Kara Hunter of Yolo Conflict and Resolution Center

 2017-10-31

Kara Hunter, Executive Director of the Yolo Conflict and Resolution Center, visited the podcast this week. The Yolo Conflict and Resolution Center (YCRC) is a local nonprofit that offers mediation and other services to the region. Anyone having a conflict can call YCRC for mediation services for free or low cost, and the group is meant to be a community resource. They also do trainings on conflict resolution skills, communication, and listening, to help people deal with conflicts that come up in the course of their lives. One of their newest endeavors is a restorative justice program, that aims to keep low-level crimes out of the court system and have them handled through a restorative justice and communication process.

Prior to working at YCRC, Kara spent about 14 years working with juvenile offenders, particularly through advocacy and mentorship. The restorative justice program was what drew her to YCRC, because it particularly works with youth and young offenders to keep them out of the courts and out of the prison system.

YCRC, although it doesn’t really have a target group – anyone from the community is welcome to use their services – they tend to focus on groups individuals who interface with the public and often need to have good conflict resolution skills, like police or public figures. The main service they provide, however, is mediation, where two or more parties having a conflict will call upon YCRC to mediate and facilitate communication. Some of their most common cases, particularly in Davis, are landlord tenant cases.

The YCRC actually got it start to fill a void that was left when the city defunded its landlord-tenant mediation services. Former city government employees from that department got together and founded the nonprofit as a way to continue those services in Davis and the greater Yolo region.

YCRC has expanded its programming beyond mediation, to include trainings, like the ones they provide for public figures and others. This is useful for anyone who has conflict at any point in their lives (hint: it’s all of us). Many people get nervous, or angry, when confronted with conflict, and YCRC strives to make communities better at addressing issues in a peaceful, communicative manner. They aim to make conflict a constructive, rather than a destructive, force in both the community at large, and individuals’ lives.

One of the focuses that drew Kara to the organization was this educational service, particularly its focus on youth. There are many people who are never taught how to productively deal with conflict, and YCRC aims to begin education from a young age, which is why it reaches out to youth and particularly at-risk youth, populations.

Currently, YCRC partners with the school district, the police department, and the district attourney’s office. In the future, they’re looking forward to working with the courts and prison systems more, including mentoring and teaching folks as they’re released from the prison system, both in restorative justice practices and in conflict resolution skills. Kara feels this is particularly important because people coming out of the prison system are constantly dealing with conflict, and most people are not naturals at constructively mitigating conflict. She is looking forward to offering their mediation services and trainings to these vulnerable communities, as a way to help them not only productively manage conflict in their own lives, but to use their newfound skills to help integrate back into society after incarceration.

A newer, but exciting program YCRC is offering is restorative justice, which presents a different way of looking at crime – rather than focusing on the act of wrongdoing, they focus on how it has harmed a community, and how to make the wrongdoer understand the harm and the obligations it creates. The program aims to bring together the people involved, and have them come to an agreement by which the harm can be righted or mitigated in some way. Then, once the act or acts of restoration have been completed, the wrongdoers is accepted back into their society, rather than ostracized, and their label of ‘offender,’ is often struck from their record. The program aims to heal in a way that the current justice system does not – Kara points out that many folks who go through the traditional justice system, on both sides of the act, do not feel any type of closure, even after the verdict. The restorative justice program, however, works to create that feeling of closure by bringing together both parties and coming to a mutual agreement.

Currently, the Yolo County DA offers a volunteer program called Neighborhood Court, which deals with low-level crimes in the specified neighborhood. YCRC has facilitated the trainings for the members of the neighborhood courts, and these groups work at helping the offender right the wrong or undo the harm caused by their actions, so that the community can heal and the offender can learn. In addition, YCRC has partnered with Davis Joint Unified School District (DJUSD) for a referral program, where youth who have committed low level, nonviolent crimes (such as graffiti, or possession of marijuana), are brought together with the victim (if there is one), for a dialogue about how to proceed in a way where both the victim and the offender feel the wrong has been righted, and the outcome is achievable for the offender.

Often, restorative justice is called ‘transformative justice,’ because of how it transforms not only the situation of how justice is administered, but how it transforms the offender and the victim, and offers a way of accepting and understanding that allows people to become whole after a wrong has been done. All of us, Kara points out, have done something stupid, and we don’t deserve to be punished for life because of a small offense. If offenders are allowed to work through the wrong, and to reintegrate into the community after it occurs, it can head off many of the school to prison pipelines we see happening all across the country. It’s a slippery slope once a youth is labeled an offender, and Kara acknowledges that some kids really embrace it, which only makes things worse, both for their trajectory, and for the community as a whole. This is even more important when considering racial justice in the community, particularly with who is disproportionately targeted to bear the label of ‘offender,’ for low-level, nonviolent crimes that most youth commit.

Its often said that our prison system is broken, and Kara argues that at its core is the fact that we don’t allow for reintegration into society after someone has been to prison. Once someone is incarcerated, that stays with them for life – they can’t vote, must report it on every job application, and it follows them everywhere. It can become someone’s identity, and it’s no wonder there are so many repeat offenders. We have to, offer people a way to make amends for the crimes they’ve committed, but also, once they have, to accept them back into our society. As Kara mentioned before, people will embrace the labels they are given, especially if they have no way of casting them off, and with that in mind, it’s no wonder we see so many repeat offenders in our prison system.

But Kara is hopeful – many agencies, from law enforcement to the District Attourney’s office, have asked YCRC for help. They acknowledge that there is an issue, and that not only restorative justice, but conflict resolution training, can help change the way things are. Even people in the California Department of Corrections have informally reached out to learn more about restorative justice and what they can do to make the justice system work.

Here in Yolo, particularly in Davis, there have been two high-profile cases that have floated the idea of using restorative justice: the vandalism at the Davis Islamic Center and the Picnic Day 5 incident. Kara points out that while these might seem like good candidates for restorative justice, in order for the process to work, both parties have to come to the table willing and open to discuss. Mandates to participate in restorative justice tend to color or sour the conversation, and can negatively affect the outcomes. Particularly in these cases, the high profile of the events has made all parties involved understandably cautious about their next moves, but restorative justice is still on the table.

To get involved in YCRC check out their facebook page, or go to one of their board meetings. They reserve time at every meeting for public comment and they post the agenda on their website. They talk about everything from the nuts and bolts of a nonprofit to the strategy of which populations they can reach out to next. One group that has been on the YCRC radar is the elder population in Yolo, and what conflicts they might have – from interpersonal conflicts in assisted living facilities, to family disputes around end of life care or wills. Beyond the board meetings, YCRC is always looking for new volunteers and community mediators. They facilitate a community mediator training every year (the upcoming one is in January 2018), and many mediators come back to volunteer with the community mediation process. In addition, they’re always looking for folks to join the restorative justice and neighborhood court programs – facilitator training is free. They are particularly interested in office and legislative interns, and had a fabulous UC Davis intern help them track policy and legislative changes over the summer. More information for all these services, events, and ways to get involved is available on their website.


Blog Call Scripts the Week of October 23, 2017

 2017-10-24

Tell MoC to support the Alexander-Murray ACA Stabilization Bill

Hi, my name is [NAME] and I’m a constituent from [zip code].

I’m calling to urge the Senator/Representative to support the Alexander-Murray bill to reinstate cost-sharing reduction payments and funding for ACA enrollment outreach. CSR payments help keep individual market premiums down, and failing to reinstate them will leave thousands unable to afford healthcare coverage.

 

Tell Garamendi to renew funding for the CHIP Program

Hi, my name is [NAME] and I live in zip code ______.

I’m calling to urge the Representative to pass a bipartisan reauthorization of the Children’s Health Insurance Program before the funding lapses on September 30th. Millions of children rely on this funding for insurance, and its reauthorization should not be held hostage to score partisan victories.

Thank you so much for your time.


Indivisible Yolo Podcast – Driscoll’s Boycott with Dillan Horton

 2017-10-23

Dillan Horton, assembly district 4 delegate, and Executive Director of the Yolo County Dems, stopped by this week to talk to us about the Driscoll’s Boycott and why it’s so important.

The Driscoll’s boycott has been in effect since late 2015, but has picked up speed recently, particularly with the endorsement of groups like the Yolo County Democrats. The boycott began because Driscoll’s, a company based in California, outsources a large part of its farm labor to San Quintín, Mexico, in Baja California, where workers make around $6 a day, and allegations of sexual assault and child labor are common. The farm workers have formed a union, but Driscoll’s has refused to negotiate with the representatives, which is why workers have called for a boycott.

Despite the farms being in Mexico, Yolo County Dems, and other organizations, feel that it’s imperative that we use our power as consumers to stand against unjust labor practices wherever they happen. Dillan points out it’s especially troubling, because Mexico is not only our neighbor, they’re a vital trade partner and member of NAFTA. With plenty of US elected officials penning and passing legislation aimed at gutting unions, this is not just Mexico’s issue, but one that affects all the members of NAFTA, and working people everywhere.

Part of the reason that unfair farming practices can still exist is because smaller farms are struggling to survive, particularly outside of the US. With the establishment of NAFTA, US farms were able to expand their markets and compete with Canadian and Mexican farmers in their respective countries. However, many farms and agribusinesses in Canada and Mexico were unable to compete with the heavily subsidized US agriculture, and as a result, US agriculture managed to monopolize the market. Even within the United States, the consolidation of Big Agriculture, and the inability of small farmers to compete has concentrated economic power in very few, large, subsidized American corporations.

Counterintuitively, the United Farmworkers’ Union – famous for its boycotts of grapes and tomatoes here in California, and for its leadership like Cesar Chavez and Dolores Huerta – has not publically supported the strikes and boycotts of Driscoll’s. This is, in part, because of a change in the makeup of the board of the union, which has been colonized by represetatives from agribusiness.

Another challenge the boycott faces is the inability to access Driscoll’s finances. Driscoll’s is a private company – it has not gone public, meaning it does not have to publish quarterly earning statements, or answer to investors. This means that there are not public records, or even shareholder records, of its earnings, which makes it difficult to assess the level of financial pressure felt by the company. Regardless, it’s still possible to bring Driscoll’s to the negotiating table, whether negotiators have the exact numbers for Driscoll’s losses or not.

To effectively participate in the boycott, one merely needs to not buy Driscoll’s berries wherever they’re sold. In Yolo, that includes Trader Joe’s, Coscto, Safeway, and the Nugget. This doesn’t require boycotting the store – Safeway has other berry choices besides Driscoll’s – simply not buying the berries will do. In addition, share. No, not your berries, the information. The more folks who know and participate in the boycott, the more power the workers will have when Driscoll’s comes to the negotiating table, and the sooner that will happen. Post about your boycott on social media, tell your friends about it – particularly if you know they’re ‘regular berry consumers,’ and encourage them to share, as well.

The sooner Driscoll’s feels the financial pressure, the sooner these workers will have justice.

 

You can read Dillan’s piece in the Vanguard here.


Indivisible Yolo Podcast – Anoosh Jorjorian of Rainbow Families and Safe Yolo

 2017-10-15

Anoosh Jorjorian is the Coordinator for Safe Yolo and Yolo Rainbow Families, as well as the founder of the Yolo Justice and Action Network, and a member of Davis Phoenix Coalition and the Parents for Equity for Davis Teachers.

Safe Yolo is a group founded after the election, in order to protect those directly in the crosshairs of the Trump administration. They work closely with the Yolo Interfaith Immigration Network (YIIN), and Sacramento ACT, who are working to help families prior to detention, and during ICE raids. Sacramento ACT, in particular, provides legal observer training for those interested, and does so in partnership with the ACLU and People Power groups. Safe Yolo is focused on aiding families during incarceration, particularly providing legal aid to detainees, since studies show that those with legal representation are less likely to be deported. They are in the process of securing a grant that would allow for a public defender in Yolo to act on the behalf of undocumented immigrants in detention.

Rainbow Families is a subset of the Davis Phoenix Coalition, focused on providing support and advocating for LGBTQIA families – parents, children, and extended family. At its inception, the group provided support to gay and lesbian parents, but since the passage of marriage equality, queer parents haven’t needed the same levels of support, and the group has shifted its focus to advocating for trans and gender nonconforming kids in Davis Joint Unified School District. They plan to branch out to other districts, particularly Woodland, once they feel that trans students in Davis have a secure footing and are well represented to the district and board at DJUSD.

Anoosh advocates for teachers, as well as kids. The Parents for Equity for Davis Teachers is a group dedicated to advocating for better wages and benefits for the teachers in DJUSD. Davis’ teachers are paid the lowest wages of the surrounding areas, despite Davis being a very affluent community. Davis teachers often can’t afford to live in Davis, and those that are retiring are leaving spaces that are difficult to fill. Davis has a high turnover rate, which hurts kids who don’t have continuity in their teaching staff. At one Davis school, a classroom has started its school year without a full time teacher, which will mean inconsistency for the children until the vacancy is filled.

In doing all this advocacy, Anoosh noticed that there wasn’t a lot of coordination between groups, who often had the same end goal in mind. In the spirit of collaboration, and in the hopes that groups could pool resources and better affect change, she created the Yolo Justice and Action Network for progressive causes in the Yolo area. It is a facebook page where she amplifies progressive actions going on in the Yolo community, and something you can follow to get updates on actions you can take in your community.

She’s always looking for people to help manage the Yolo Justice and Action Network page, particularly since the UC Davis school year has started up, and the number of events has skyrocketed. If you’d like to get in touch with her, you can message the YJAN facebook page, or any of the other groups she’s affiliated with, or shoot her an email. Davis Phoenix Coalition is always looking for volunteers, as well, and they are easily accessible through their facebook page. Sacramento ACT has a facebook page, as well, and you can call or text their ICE hotline at (916) 245-6773.

 

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If you liked this podcast, or have a comment, feel free to email us – indivisibleyolopodcast at gmail.com.

If you’d like to learn more about some of the subjects we’ve covered in this podcast, check out some of our other podcasts:

Yolo County Supervisor Don Saylor on Yolo County’s Safe County Resolution and Immigrant Detention in Woodland

Arvind Reddy on People Power in Davis

Ann Block on Immigrant Legal Rights

Tracy Tomasky and Gloria Partida on the Davis Phoenix Coalition

Antonio DeLoera Brust on Migrant Camps in Yolo County


Indivisible Yolo Podcast – Arvind Reddy of People Power

 2017-10-11

Tell Gov. Brown to tell Trump we want to see his tax returns and sign SB-149

Hello, my name is _____ and I am from ____________. I am also a member of IndivisibleYolo.

I strongly urge Gov. Brown to sign SB-149, Presidential primary elections: ballot access, into law.

I am appalled that we currently have president who simply refused to follow the bipartisan tradition of transparency of showing his tax returns before the election. Who knows what conflicts of interest and other things he is trying to hide.

California has a strong voice with more than 10% of the electoral votes. Trump will never get his hands on those but will he go as far as not even get his name on the ballot to keep his secrets? Let’s find out!

The bill has to be signed before Oct. 15, when can I count on Gov. Brown to sign this bill into law?

 

Tell Gov. Brown to expose dark money in politics and sign AB249 into law

Hello, my name is _____ and I am from ____________. I am also a member of IndivisibleYolo.

I urge Gov. Brown to sign AB-249, *Political Reform Act of 1974: campaign disclosures*, into law.

Voters deserve to know who is behind the political messages that are being brought to them. Currently donors are hiding behind the names of obscure committees with feel-good names, we want to know who the ACTUAL top donors are.

Our legislators has finally shown courage and passed this bill despite the resistance of their donors. I hope Gov. Brown will do the same.

The bill has to be signed before Oct. 15, when can I count on Gov. Brown to sign this bill into law?

 

Thank Senator Feinstein for Proposing Ban on Bump Fire Stocks in the Wake of Las Vegas Shooting

My name is _________ and I am a constituent from zip code ________.

I am calling to thank Senator Feinstein for taking action in the wake of the Las Vegas shooting and proposing a ban on bump fire stocks. This is a very small step but any step in the right direction is worth taking.

I hope she will continue to push for not only this specific bill but common sense gun safety rules in general in the future.

 

Urge both senators to oppose the “Make-the-Rich-Richer Tax Cuts” proposed by Trump and the Republican Party

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

I strongly oppose the “Make-the-Rich-Richer Tax Cuts” proposed by Trump and the Republican Party. I am calling to urge Sen. Feinstein to oppose the House passed Budget bill that clears the way for approval of tax cuts for the wealthy with only a simple majority vote in the senate. Fair changes to the tax code can only be achieved through regular order in the Senate, a process that involves both parties and requires a 60-vote majority.

​I urge you to:

1. Oppose any changes to the tax code until Trump releases his tax returns.
2. Oppose the Budget bill that prohibits a senate filibuster on tax cut legislation.
3. Oppose any Budget or tax cut bills that have not be fully and fairly analyzed and scored by the CBO.
4. Oppose any new tax cuts or loopholes for wealthy individuals or Fortune-500 corporations.

 

Tell Rep. Garamendi to raise public awareness of the next open enrollment period for ACA

My name is _____ and my zip code is ____. I am calling as a member of IndivisibleYolo.

I am asking Representative Garamendi to please do everything in his power to raise public awareness of the next open enrollment period to apply for or renew coverage in the Health Insurance Marketplace which begins on 1 November 2017.

He should not delay action on this very important public health matter.


Blog Call Scripts the Week of October 9, 2017

 2017-10-10

Tell Gov. Brown to tell Trump we want to see his tax returns and sign SB-149

Hello, my name is _____ and I am from ____________. I am also a member of IndivisibleYolo.

I strongly urge Gov. Brown to sign SB-149, Presidential primary elections: ballot access, into law.

I am appalled that we currently have president who simply refused to follow the bipartisan tradition of transparency of showing his tax returns before the election. Who knows what conflicts of interest and other things he is trying to hide.

California has a strong voice with more than 10% of the electoral votes. Trump will never get his hands on those but will he go as far as not even get his name on the ballot to keep his secrets? Let’s find out!

The bill has to be signed before Oct. 15, when can I count on Gov. Brown to sign this bill into law?

 

Tell Gov. Brown to expose dark money in politics and sign AB249 into law

Hello, my name is _____ and I am from ____________. I am also a member of IndivisibleYolo.

I urge Gov. Brown to sign AB-249, *Political Reform Act of 1974: campaign disclosures*, into law.

Voters deserve to know who is behind the political messages that are being brought to them. Currently donors are hiding behind the names of obscure committees with feel-good names, we want to know who the ACTUAL top donors are.

Our legislators has finally shown courage and passed this bill despite the resistance of their donors. I hope Gov. Brown will do the same.

The bill has to be signed before Oct. 15, when can I count on Gov. Brown to sign this bill into law?

 

Thank Senator Feinstein for Proposing Ban on Bump Fire Stocks in the Wake of Las Vegas Shooting

My name is _________ and I am a constituent from zip code ________.

I am calling to thank Senator Feinstein for taking action in the wake of the Las Vegas shooting and proposing a ban on bump fire stocks. This is a very small step but any step in the right direction is worth taking.

I hope she will continue to push for not only this specific bill but common sense gun safety rules in general in the future.

 

Urge both senators to oppose the “Make-the-Rich-Richer Tax Cuts” proposed by Trump and the Republican Party

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

I strongly oppose the “Make-the-Rich-Richer Tax Cuts” proposed by Trump and the Republican Party. I am calling to urge Sen. Feinstein to oppose the House passed Budget bill that clears the way for approval of tax cuts for the wealthy with only a simple majority vote in the senate. Fair changes to the tax code can only be achieved through regular order in the Senate, a process that involves both parties and requires a 60-vote majority.

​I urge you to:

1. Oppose any changes to the tax code until Trump releases his tax returns.
2. Oppose the Budget bill that prohibits a senate filibuster on tax cut legislation.
3. Oppose any Budget or tax cut bills that have not be fully and fairly analyzed and scored by the CBO.
4. Oppose any new tax cuts or loopholes for wealthy individuals or Fortune-500 corporations.

 

Tell Rep. Garamendi to raise public awareness of the next open enrollment period for ACA

My name is _____ and my zip code is ____. I am calling as a member of IndivisibleYolo.

I am asking Representative Garamendi to please do everything in his power to raise public awareness of the next open enrollment period to apply for or renew coverage in the Health Insurance Marketplace which begins on 1 November 2017.

He should not delay action on this very important public health matter.


Blog Call Scripts the Week of October 2, 2017

 2017-10-03

 

Tell Rep. Garamendi: Gun Silencers = More Deaths. “NO” on the Share Act (HR 3668)

I am calling from [zip code] to urge Rep. Garamendi to vote “NO” on the Sportsmen’s Heritage and Recreational Enhancement (SHARE) Act (HR 3668).

This bill deregulates silencers and contains a host of other alarming provisions for weakening federal gun laws. Deregulating silencers is not about protecting sportsmen’s hearing; it’s about increasing profits for gun manufacturers and making us more unsafe.

 

Tell Rep. Garamendi to Protect the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) Now! 

Hi, my name is _______ and I’m a constituent from zip code______ and a member of IndivisibleYolo.

I’m calling to ask the Representative to push for an immediate extension to CHIP, and to push for long term solutions by making CHIP funding permanent.

CHIP provides health insurance for 9 million children (and the program expired on September 30th, as efforts to extend it were delayed due to the awful Graham-Cassidy bill).

The need to insure children in poor and under served communities has not, and will not, diminish. It’s time to push for a more permanent solution to secure the health and wellbeing of the children in our country,

It is past time to get this done and keep those 9 million children safe, both for the immediate, and long term future.

As Rep. Jan Schakowsky (D-Ill.) says, “this is a real crisis that still can be averted in just a few minutes of time — now and not later.”

Will the Congressperson push for immediate action to extend CHIP?


Blog Call Scripts the Week of September 25, 2017

 2017-09-25

 

Tell your Members of Congress to Deliver Emergency Funding to Puerto Rico

Hi, my name is ______ and my zip code is _______. I’m a member of IndivisibleYolo.

I am deeply concerned that Congress and the Trump administration have not provided adequate assistance to Puerto Rico following the devastation of Hurricanes Irma and Maria. 3.5 million Americans live in Puerto Rico, and right now they need federal support. Hurricane Maria has devastated the Island, leaving at least ten dead, and millions without power. Puerto Rico deserves the same immediate federal response that victims of Hurricane Harvey received.

I am asking the Senator/Representative to lead a legislative effort in Congress to deliver emergency funding to the people of Puerto Rico, who are citizens of the United States and deserving of our help.

 

Stop TrumpCare by asking red-state constituents to call their Senators!

Click here to sign up to make phone calls from our peer-to-peer dialing tool.

Your tireless (and loud!) constituent power killed TrumpCare in July. And now, millions of people are depending on you to do it again. But if you live in a state with two Democratic Senators who oppose the ACA, you may be asking yourself: what more can I do? How can I influence persuadable Republicans in red states who may be on the fence?

You’ll get an email confirmation with a login, password, and URL to sign into our system. Once signed in, you can start making calls immediately — and they’ll give you a script to make it as easy as possible!


Blog Call Scripts the Week of September 18, 2017

 2017-09-19


Tell your Senators to Fight against Graham-Cassidy Act

Hi, my name is ______ and my zip code is _____. I’m a member of Indivisible.

I’m calling to ask the Senator to oppose the Graham-Cassidy Act, which is essentially TrumpCare 3.0. It still destroys Medicaid as we know it by fundamentally and permanently transforming the program into a per-capita cap.. The bill also still undermines protections for people with pre-existing conditions and people who need treatment for opioid abuse by allowing states to waive essential health benefits.

 

Tell Rep. Garamendi to Stand up for the Disabled Community and Vote No on HR620

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

I am calling today about HR620, the ADA Education and Reform Act. I am very concerned about the implications this bill. ADA has existed for 27 years and yet disabled people still faces a lot of limitations in their daily life. This bill significantly slows down the process for removing barriers for the disabled and practically removes any incentive for businesses to remove barriers pro-actively.

I urge the Representative to oppose this dismantling of the ADA and stand up for the disabled community.


Blog Call Scripts the Week of September 11, 2017

 2017-09-13

Tell your representatives to fight for long term solutions to climate catastrophes

Hello, my name is ________, and I am a constituent from zip code____________.

I am calling today to talk about climate change.

As the record hurricanes devastate the South East our most immediate concern is to take care of the victims and get communities rebuilt. However, it is hugely important that we also talk about long term solutions to avoid future events like these.

Long term, however, we MUST start taking climate change seriously. It is time to invest in alternative energy and make real steps towards reducing our nation’s carbon footprint. Continuing to rely on fossil fuels will not only speed up climate change and leave us with more climate catastrophes like the hurricanes, it will also put our industries at a disadvantage in the long run.

I know that the representative already takes climate change seriously but it is time to speak up on its urgency.

 

Thank Assemblymember Aguiar-Curry for supporting SB54

Hi, my name is _____ and my zip code is _____. I am a member of IndivisibleYolo.

I’m calling to thank assemblymember Aguiar-Curry for supporting SB54. It is important that we as Californians stand up to the Trump administration against their attempt to vilify immigrants. I hope she will continue to fight for the integrity of the bill and not let it get watered down with amendments.

 

Urge Governor Brown to support the current form of SB 54, which would make California a sanctuary state

Hello, my name is _____ and I am from ____________. I am also a member of IndivisibleYolo.

I’m calling Governor Brown to ask him to withdraw his proposed amendments to SB 54. SB 54 is intended to shield California’s immigrants from persecution by the Trump administration, and his amendments would undo critical components of the bill. I am particularly concerned that the amendments would direct California’s prisons and jails to comply with unconstitutional immigration detainees. I’m asking the Governor to support SB 54 as written, not to weaken its protections for undocumented Californians.

 


Call Scripts the Week of September 4, 2017

 2017-09-04

Ask Representatives to investigate ICE request to start destroying records

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

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

More information here

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


Call Scripts the Week of August 28, 2017

 2017-08-28

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

My name is ______ and my zip code is ______.

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

Thank you for your time and attention.

 

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

My name is ______ and my zip code is ______.

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

Thank you for your time and attention.

 

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

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

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