Weekly Action Recommendations: Week of August 6, 2017

Action: Work to end preventable maternal and child deaths worldwide

A bipartisan bill has just been reintroduced in the Senate, which would work towards ending preventable maternal and child deaths worldwide (http://bit.ly/2vu3fXL). We can call our senators and ask that they cosponsor and support the Reach Every Mother and Child Act of 2017 (also titled “A bill to implement policies to end preventable maternal, newborn, and child deaths globally” or S. 1730).

Action: Support bipartisan cooperation to repair ACA

This is the next logical action after the failure of the Senate to repeal the ACA.  Visit: 5calls.org and use their excellent script for both red and blue senators.  Another possible script: This is [NAME] and I’m a constituent in [ZIP]. [IMPORTANT: Describe how the sabotage of the ACA exchanges would personally impact you, your friends or family.] The President has threatened to sabotage the ACA exchanges by withholding cost sharing reduction payments and taking other destabilizing actions. Congress has an obligation to protect the American people until a comprehensive bipartisan healthcare plan can be formulated. I urge [Sen/Rep_____] to support prompt bipartisan action to stabilize the ACA exchanges.

Action: Support legal immigration

The Trump administration and two Republican senators have unveiled a plan to cut LEGAL immigration in half (http://www.politico.com/story/2017/08/02/trump-legal-immigration-reduction-bill-241249).

Action: Call your Senators and urge them to support the Dream Act

Possible Script: This is [NAME] and I’m a constituent in [ZIP]. I urge Sen.____ to support the Dream Act. The Dreamers arrived in the US through no fault of their own and have been raised as Americans. The Dreamers contribute to American society in jobs, the military and education. Studies show deportation of the Dreamers would have devastating economic impacts on the US. Breaking faith with the Dreamers would be cruel and un-American.

Action: Support a bill that intends to stop Arctic drilling

Call: Your 1 representative (lookup. Possible Script: Hi. I’m from [ZIP] calling to express my support for H.R. 1784. The climate crisis is fueled by petroleum and drilling in the Arctic is a step in the wrong direction. I would like [name] to support creative, sustainable energy. Can I count on [name] to co-sponsor H.R. 1874 and prevent drilling in the Arctic?

Action: Advocate for daily press briefings in support of the Constitutional right of free press

The American people want to know what is happening at the White House. We are tired of leaks, tweets, and rumors. If this president wants respect, we must see transparency in daily press briefings.  We are also concerned about Trump’s News of the Week video on his personal Facebook page, which is full of propaganda and editorializing.

Write: A postcard to either of the staff below:

  • Chief of Staff John Kelly 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20500
  • General Jeff Sessions 950 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20530-0001

Ask your House Rep to support H.R.3228 for bi-weekly press briefings.

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Action: Support free, safe, and open voting as fundamental to a thriving democracy
Oppose efforts to take the ballot from your hand.  Go here and click on “Voting Rights.” Is your state considering legislation that restricts voting?  If so: Look up your state legislatorScript: Hi. I am from [ZIP], calling to oppose efforts to restrict voting in [state]. (Mention specific legislation.) Can you tell me where [name] stands on this issue?

ACTION: Oppose interference with Special Prosecutor Mueller’s investigation

While we can hope that Trump would not be so foolish as to take steps to fire Mueller, we could have hoped the same about his actions towards Comey. Upholders of ethical government should be ready to take to the streets if he makes this move.

In the meantime, call or write your Members of Congress about Trump’s continued flirting with flouting the rule of law and let them know that if Mueller is fired that we expect them immediately to form an independent investigation and hire Mueller as counsel so that he can finish what he started.