Weekly Action Recommendations: Week of August 13, 2017

Action: Support bipartisan cooperation to repair ACA.

Call: Or write your 3 MoCs and encourage them to work across the political aisle to improve the ACA.

Script: Hi. I’m a constituent from [ZIP] and wanting [name] to know how relieved I am that the Senate’s efforts to repeal the ACA failed. I support quality, affordable healthcare for all Americans and would like to see [name] lead collaborative, bipartisan discussions on improving the ACA so that it works for everyone. Can you tell me what [name] is doing to foster this?

 

Action: Meet your Congressional representatives in person this month.

Call: Your 3 MoCs to ask when they will hold town halls during the recess.  Their accountability to their constituents is part of having a government led by people of integrity.

Script: Hi. I’m a constituent from [town] calling to find out when [name] is holding a town hall meeting near me during August recess.

Bonus: Visit https://www.indivisibleguide.com/ for guidance on how to make the most of attending this event.

 

Action: Stand with Charlottesville.

  • Read how to respond to hate.
  • Work for equality. Be aware of how you thwart it.
  • Call for white supremacist WH staff to step down. Awesome script at Loyal Opposition. (“This is [NAME] and I’m a constituent in [ZIP]. I am horrified by the rise of white supremacy in America. White supremacists say they believe Trump is supportive of their views and see Steve Bannon, Steve Miller and Seb Gorka as their advocates in the White House. It is intolerable to have these men remain as White House advisers. A divided country can never heal until they are removed. I urge [Sen/Rep____] to demand that Bannon, Miller and Gorka be dismissed from the White House.”
  • Donate to medical expenses of victims. And here. Here too.
  • Attend a vigil. (may have already happened)

 

Action: Think 2018. Advocate for elections that are free of foreign hacking.

Free, safe, and open voting is fundamental to a thriving democracy.  Call your 1 representative and urge him/her to support the SAFE Act to protect our elections.

Script: Hi. I’m from [ZIP] and concerned about a second foreign hacking in the next election cycle. I would like [name] to co-sponsor H.R. 1562, the SAFE Act, which makes elections more secure. Can I count on his/her support for this bill?

Bonus: Tweet committee chairs and ranking members: Visualize our 2018 #midterms free of Russian hacking. Keep H.R. 1562 moving, @BarbaraComstock @RepLipinski @GreggHarper @RepBrady.

 

Action: Defend DREAMers.

DREAMers are children who arrived in the US through no fault of their own and have been raised as Americans.  They contribute to American society in jobs, the military and education. Studies show deportation of the Dreamers would have devastating economic impacts on the US.

Even so, in late June, a group of 10 State Attorney Generals (from AL, AR, ID, KS, LA, NE, SC, TN, TX, and WV) wrote a letter to Jeff Sessions demanding the administration to rescind #DACA, the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program that grants protected status to immigrant children brought into the US illegally by their parents. If DACA is not rescinded by September 5th, those State AG’s are prepared to challenge the program in court, and the Trump administration will not defend it. Without DACA, nearly 800,000 young people would be at risk of deportation to countries they have never known, devastating their lives and installing fear throughout our immigrant communities.

DHS Secretary John Kelly’s advice to lawmakers was to solidify DACA through legislation.

  • Call your members of Congress and urge them to support the #DreamAct.
  • Call your State Attorney General (if you’ve set up an account with 5calls.org, the page on the Dream Act will provide the phone number)
  • Check for #DefendDaca events and actions here.

Possible Script/Talking Points, or see https://5calls.org/issue/recq0O67VoMFFRQZo

Hi, my name is _______ and I’m a constituent. I’m calling today because DACA, a program that protects nearly 800,000 Dreamers from deportation, is under attack and DREAMers need your help. DREAMers work in every industry and at nearly every single major company in America. They are teachers and nurses, managers and military personnel. They are part of the fabric of our nation and we’re stronger because of them. The bipartisan DREAM Act [S. 1615/H.R. 3440] was recently introduced to provide DREAMers the critical protections they need to live, work, study and serve in our military. Please sign on to the DREAM Act now and stand with DREAMers! Thank you.

 

Action: Thank Jennifer Rubin, Republican critic of Trump.

Jennifer Rubin writes the Right Turn blog at the Washington Post. She’s a Republican, and she’s been a vocal critic of Trump since he was a birther. Rubin has the moral courage that others in her party lack, and she didn’t just wake up to it yesterday. Read one of her recent posts here.

Let’s give her a shout for being a voice of reason.

Jennifer Rubin

The Washington Post

1301 K Street NW

Washington DC 20071

 

Action: Oppose taxpayer-funded abuse of peaceful people

Call: Your 1 representative and urge ethical treatment of immigrants.

Script: Hi, I’m from [ZIP]. I know we’re in recess, but I’m calling ahead about the budget negotiations coming up next month. Specifically, I’m deeply concerned about what I’m reading about ICE raids, detention center conditions, border patrol abuses, and deporting peaceful, vulnerable people to dangerous cities. Our treatment of immigrants amounts to sanctioned, taxpayer-funded abuse. Please let [name] know that I want him/her to cut funding to the deportation machine, and vote no on any bill that funds this abusive system. Will [name] commit to this? (pause) I want a respectful path to citizenship for our country’s 11 million undocumented people. Thanks.

(Hat tips)