Weekly Action Items


#ActionItem: Don’t miss this handy pocket guide of actions this week: http://bit.ly/2wMqcqT (Condemn the trans ban and the Arpaio pardon)

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#ActionItem: Advocate for two bills protecting the special counsel.

CALL: Senator Schumer: 585.263-5866/202.224.6542
Senator Gillibrand: 585.263.6250/202.224.4451

SCRIPT: Hi. I am calling because I approve of the special counsel investigation into Russia ties, and would like [name] to support two pieces of legislation that protect Robert Mueller from presidential dismissal. S. 1735 (sponsored by Sen. Graham) and S. 1741 (by Sen. Tillis) both check the president’s power. Which does [name] support? (pause) Will [name] co-sponsor one or both of these bipartisan efforts? Thank you.

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#ActionItem: Advocate for censuring the president for condoning racism.

CALL: Your rep: http://www.house.gov/representatives/find

SCRIPT: Hi. I am from [ZIP] and deeply concerned about the president’s apparent tolerance for white supremacist views in his cabinet and racist aggression in our communities. I am calling to request that [name] join with fellow House representatives in co-sponsoring H.Res 496, which censures the president for his handling of the Charlottesville violence. Can I count on [name] to sign it? (Note: Louise Slaughter is a co-sponsor)

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#ActionItem: Advocate for your frightened neighbors and oppose domestic terrorism.

CALL: Your state legislator http://bit.ly/2vi3vFT

SCRIPT: I am a constituent in [town] and inspired by the new legislation passed in Illinois classifying neo-Nazis as terror organizations. I would like [name] to author legislation like this in [state]. While I respect the right to free speech and assembly, our neighbors are terrified to walk down the street. [Name] can stop this. Would you like me to send the full text used in Illinois? Thank you. (Full text: http://bit.ly/2vXvb4w)

WRITE: Thank State Senator Don Harmon for introducing legislation that would identify neo-Nazi groups as terrorist organizations in Illinois. 329 Capitol Building, Springfield, IL 62706

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#ActionItem: Support S. 1425, the Coordinated Ocean Monitoring and Research Act, to reauthorize the Integrated Coastal and Ocean Observation System. (The ICOOS Act of 2009 created a national system for integrating data from all ocean, coastal, and Great Lakes areas, monitoring things like temperature and ocean acidification.)

CALL: Senator Schumer: 585.263-5866/202.224.6542
Senator Gillibrand: 585.263.6250/202.224.4451

SCRIPT: Hi, I’m [name] from [ZIP]. I’m calling today to ask [senator] to support S. 1425, the Coordinated Ocean Monitoring and Research Act. The ocean observation system established by the 2009 bill is an extremely valuable resource, and I want to see its work continue. As S. 1425 has passed committee and moved to the floor, do you know how [senator] intends to vote?

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#ActionItem: Sinclair Broadcasting is a heavily right-wing media company that is working to acquire Tribune Media. Sinclair has a blatant conservative bias and a history of overt favoritism toward Trump and Islamophobia. Although Congress imposed an audience cap of 39% on media companies, the FCC revived a loophole to help Sinclair skirt past the broadcast ownership rule and exceed restrictions on the number of broadcast stations it can own.

CALL: Ajit Pai, FCC Chairman, to oppose the merger: 202.418.1000

OR EMAIL: Ajit.Pai@fcc.gov
OR FAX: 1.866.418.0232
OR WRITE: Federal Communications Commission, 445 12th Street, SW, Washington, DC 20554
Read more: http://bit.ly/2wBWOmM

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#ActionItem: For those that can help, consider a donation to a Texas charity to support residents dealing with Hurricane Harvey: http://bit.ly/2wMbwb5

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#ActionItem: Sign up to volunteer for local races with the Monroe County Democratic Committee: http://bit.ly/2vXd0Mv

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#ActionItem: Sign up to text for Mark Herring, running for Attorney General in Virginia (Until 8/31): http://bit.ly/2hg3NLt

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#ActionItem: Download the Stance app, which makes calling elected officials easier and less stressful: http://www.takeastance.us/

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#ActionItem: Check out our Actions & Causes page for ongoing ways to get involved as well as info on progressive organizations in the Rochester area: http://bit.ly/2rIktii

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Weekly Action Items


#ActionItem: Don’t miss this handy pocket guide of actions this week: http://bit.ly/2wH9Dcl

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#ActionItem: Stand with Charlottesville.

ATTEND a vigil: http://bit.ly/2vuOCTL

DONATE to a Charlottesville non-profit: http://bit.ly/2hY7mGK

SIGN: Governor Cuomo’s petition: http://on.ny.gov/2vBldWt

CALL your Members of Congress to urge them to demand that white nationalists Steve Bannon, Steve Miller, and Seb Gorka be fired from the White House staff.

Talking points: 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 Bannon, Miller, and 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.

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#ActionItem: Oppose forcing people to pay to vote.

CALL: Your rep: http://www.house.gov/representatives/find

SCRIPT: Hi. I’m from [ZIP] and concerned about H.R. 2090, requiring all citizens to provide ID before voting. Some Americans can’t afford two hours off work to get to a distant center. This law amounts to a poll tax penalizing the poorest Americans. Can I count on [name] to vote against supposed Election Integrity Act?

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

CALL: Your rep: http://www.house.gov/representatives/find

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? (Note: Louise Slaughter is a co-sponsor. Thank her!)

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

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#ActionItem: Advocate for daily press briefings.

CALL: Ask your 1 rep to support H.R.3228 for bi-weekly press briefings.

WRITE: A postcard to either of the staff below:
Chief of Staff John Kelly 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20500
Atty. General Jeff Sessions 950 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20530-0001

SCRIPT: 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.

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#ActionItem: Oppose new legislation that restricts access to abortion.

CALL: CALL: Senator Schumer: 585.263-5866/202.224.6542
Senator Gillibrand: 585.263.6250/202.224.4451

Script: I am calling from [ZIP] to express concern about two anti-abortion bills. H.R. 7 has just passed in the House and moves to the Senate to pull all funding for legal abortion in the US. Secondly, S. 231 would modify the 14th Amendment and define life as beginning at conception. I strongly oppose both of these bills and want [name] to do the same.

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#ActionItem: Defend Title IX Guidelines for Campus Sexual Assault

CALL: Betsy Devos, Department of Education 202.401.3000
Eric Schneiderman: 518.776.2000

SCRIPT: Hi, my name is [NAME] and I’m from [ZIP].

[IF DEPT of ED] I’m calling to urge Secretary DeVos to maintain the critical Title IX protections for survivors of campus sexual assault as guided by the 2011 Dear Colleague Letter. This is a serious and troubling epidemic, and it is vital that schools maintain strong policy guidelines to protect its vulnerable students.

[IF NYS AG] I’m calling to thank the Attorney General for signing the letter opposing any rollback of Title 9 college campus sexual assault protections by the Department of Education, and I encourage the Attorney General to keep fighting against this serious and troubling epidemic. Thank you for your time and attention.

[IF LEAVING A VOICEMAIL: Please leave your full street address to ensure your call is tallied.]

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#ActionItem: Sign up to text for Mark Herring, running for Attorney General in Virginia: http://bit.ly/2hg3NLt

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#ActionItem: Download the Stance app, which makes calling elected officials easier and less stressful: http://www.takeastance.us/

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#ActionItem: Check out our Actions & Causes page for ongoing ways to get involved as well as info on progressive organizations in the Rochester area: http://bit.ly/2rIktii
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Weekly Action Items

THIS WEEK’S ACTION ITEMS INCLUDE:

#ActionItem: Don’t miss this handy pocket guide of actions this week: http://bit.ly/2f0B24L
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#ActionItem: Sign up to text for Mark Herring, running for Attorney General in Virginia: http://bit.ly/2hg3NLt

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#ActionItem: Advocate for Jared Kushner stepping down.

CALL: Senator Schumer: 585.263-5866/202.224.6542
Senator Gillibrand: 585.263.6250/202.224.4451
Rep: http://www.house.gov/representatives/find

SCRIPT: Hi. I’m from [ZIP] and calling to say that Jared Kushner has hidden too many details about his past and shouldn’t be trusted with security secrets. House Intelligence committee and Senate Intelligence and Judiciary committees have all raised concerns about him. What is [NAME] doing to push for revoking Kushner’s clearance and stepping down from his official role?

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#ActionItem: Sign up to volunteer for voter registration events. The most immediate ones coming up are:

•Wednesday August 2 – 11:00-2:00pm El Pilon
•Friday August 4th or Saturday August 5th 2017 – 11am-5:30pm Tops Plaza Clinton Ave

To volunteer please contact: ACTTOGETHERROC@GMAIL.COM

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#ActionItem: Keep Congress from interfering with federal agencies’ ability to regulate.

CALL: Senator Schumer: 585.263-5866/202.224.6542
Senator Gillibrand: 585.263.6250/202.224.4451

SCRIPT: Hi, I’m from [ZIP] and I’m calling about the Regulatory Accountability Act, S951. This bill would handicap federal agencies trying to protect us and our environment and I want to preserve the power of federal agencies to enact regulations as needed. I OPPOSE the RAA, and ask [SENATOR ___] to do the same.

Read more: http://bit.ly/2uQtLZj
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#ActionItem: Louise Slaughter wants to hear your thoughts about healthcare. Take her short survey here: http://bit.ly/2ubYONd

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#ActionItem: Advocate for equal rights for transgender Americans.

CALL: Senator Schumer: 585.263-5866/202.224.6542
Senator Gillibrand: 585.263.6250/202.224.4451
Rep: http://www.house.gov/representatives/find

SCRIPT: I’m calling from [ZIP] to ask [NAME] to add language to the “security-bus” spending bill to overturn the ban against transgender people serving in the military.

THANK Senators Gillibrand and Cory Booker for legislation that will prevent discrimination against transgender military servicepeople. http://bit.ly/2ucs06R

SIGN the ACLU’s petition: http://bit.ly/2ubYDl1

VISIT: National Center for Transgender Equality to get involved on a state level: http://bit.ly/2ubV12r

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#ActionItem: Keep advocating for healthcare

SHARE: Protect Our Care is gathering stories to email to Senate healthcare staffers. We can tell our story via video, photo, or text. Submit stories here: http://bit.ly/2f1xK1k

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#ActionItem: Advocate for the rights of Americans to foster and adopt.

CALL: Senator Schumer: 585.263-5866/202.224.6542
Senator Gillibrand: 585.263.6250/202.224.4451 (she is the sponsor of the Senate bill!)
Rep: http://www.house.gov/representatives/find

SCRIPT: Hi, I’m calling from [ZIP] to express my support for S.B. 1303 / H.R. 2640 which prevents discrimination of LGBT Americans who want to foster and adopt children.

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#ActionItem: Download the Stance app, which makes calling elected officials easier and less stressful: http://www.takeastance.us/

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#ActionItem: Check out our Actions & Causes page for ongoing ways to get involved as well as info on progressive organizations in the Rochester area: http://bit.ly/2rIktii

•To sign up for our weekly newsletter, event notifications, weekly action item blast, and general announcements, please visit: http://bit.ly/2rV9IdB