Weekly Action Items

#ActionItem: Don’t miss this handy pocket guide of actions this week. It breaks an action out for each day: http://bit.ly/2zHfxMJ

Featured actions include:
– Demand movement on gun control
– Support DACA
– Flip Alabama Blue

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#ActionItem: Support needy Rochester families for Thanksgiving via Champions of Change.

DONATE: Contribute food, monetary donations, or volunteer time by clicking here: http://bit.ly/2zkXH1L

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#ActionItem: Call Congress to fight gun control and get involved with your local gun control organization.

www.bradycampaign.org
https://everytown.org

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#ActionItem: Demand Trump implement sanctions on Russia.

Call:
Senator Schumer: 585.263.5866/202.224.6542
Senator Gillibrand: 585.263.6250/202.224.4451
Your rep: http://www.house.gov/representatives/find

Script:

Hi, my name is [NAME] and I’m a constituent from [TOWN/ZIP]

I’m calling to demand that [REP/SENATOR NAME] call on President Trump to implement Russian Sanctions, signed into law in August 2017. Trump’s recent comments sympathetic to Russia and Putin amid the ongoing investigations into the Trump administration’s relationship with Russia make it imperative that Congress keep up pressure to implement sanctions.

Thank you for all your hard work answering the phones.

[IF LEAVING A VOICEMAIL: please leave your full street address to ensure your call is tallied]
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#ActionItem: Stop the rollback of the Johnson Amendment.

CALL:

Senator Schumer: 585.263.5866/202.224.6542
Senator Gillibrand: 585.263.6250/202.224.4451
Your rep: http://www.house.gov/representatives/find

Script:

Hi, my name is [NAME] and I’m a constituent from [Town/Zip].

I’m calling to express my opposition to any rollback of the Johnson Amendment, and I ask that [SENATOR/REP NAME] oppose any tax reform plan that attempts to do so. This law is crucial in maintaining our separation of church and state and preventing the influx of dark money into our electoral process.

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: Oppose the lifetime appointment of biased federal judges.

CALL: Senator Schumer: 585.263.5866/202.224.6542
Senator Gillibrand: 585.263.6250/202.224.4451

SCRIPT: Hi. I’m from [ZIP] calling because I would like [name] to oppose the nomination of Thomas Farr to a lifetime appointment to the US District Court. Hundreds of civil rights groups oppose him because of his demonstrated opposition to voting rights, workers’ rights, and civil rights. This appointment is dangerous for democracy. Thank you.

Read more: http://bit.ly/2AbOmZy

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#ActionItem: Support transparency in election ad funding.

CALL: Senator Schumer: 585.263.5866/202.224.6542
Senator Gillibrand: 585.263.6250/202.224.4451
Your rep: http://www.house.gov/representatives/find

SCRIPT: Hi. I’m from [ZIP] and I’m calling about transparency in Internet ads. The Honest Ads Act, S. 1989 (Senate)/H.R. 4077 (House), protects voters with the same requirements that TV and radio have adhered to for years. Especially in the wake of last year’s election, I would like [name] to co-sponsor this bill and bring more transparency to groups that fund US political ads. Thank you.

Read more: http://bit.ly/2AdlcJw
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#ActionItem: Help get Democrat Doug Jones elected in Alabama.

WRITE: Commit to writing 5 postcards to Alabama voters. For addresses, text HELLO to (484) 275-2229. 
If you do not have a smartphone or prefer not to text, email: Postcards@TonyTheDemocrat.org

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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/2wkqfFp

Featured actions include:
•Urging Congress to pass DACA
•Helping those impacted by Hurricanes Harvey and Irma
•Stand against the pardoning of Joe Arpaio
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#ActionItem: Prevent the deportation of nonviolent undocumented immigrants

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

Script:
Hi, my name is [NAME] and I’m a constituent from [town/zip].

I’m calling to express my strong opposition to H.R.3697, the so-called “Criminal Alien Gang Member Removal Act,” which would label many non-violent undocumented immigrants as gang members and give the Department of Homeland Security the power to deport them without challenge. Rep. [Name] must vote NO on this undemocratic and immoral bill.

Thank you for your hard work answering the phones.
[IF LEAVING A VOICEMAIL: please leave your full street address to ensure your call is tallied]
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#ActionItem: Maintain enforcement of Title IX Sexual Assault Protections

Call: Department of Education – 800.872.5327

Script:

Hi, my name is [NAME] and I’m a concerned constituent from [Town/Zip].

I’m calling to urge Secretary DeVos to maintain the critical Title IX (Title 9) 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.

Thank you for your hard work answering the phones.
[IF LEAVING A VOICEMAIL: please leave your full street address to ensure your call is tallied]
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#ActionItem: Stop Budget Cuts to Clean Air and Water.

Congress is considering budget and appropriations bills that would decimate budgets for the EPA and Dept of Interior. These cuts would threaten your clean air, water, climate, and public lands.

Email your members of Congress to oppose cuts that threaten our environment!

More info and email form: http://bit.ly/2gXDbPI
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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: Oppose the GOP’s last-ditch efforts to repeal the ACA:

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

Script:

Hi, my name is [NAME] and I’m a constituent from [Town/Zip].

I’m calling to express my strong opposition to the Graham-Cassidy ACA repeal plan. Any plan that eliminates Medicaid expansion and fails to guarantee affordable coverage for low-income Americans is unacceptable. The American people want a bipartisan approach to repairing the ACA, not a repeal for it.

Thank you for your hard work answering the phones.
[IF LEAVING A VOICEMAIL: please leave your full street address to ensure your call is tallied]
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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: For those that can help, consider a donation to a Texas charity to support residents dealing with Hurricane Harvey. This list gives multiple options and tips: 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: 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


As the summer comes to a close, here are some tips for keeping action items to a manageable level:

•Pick one or two that are dire or you feel the most passionate about
•Select one item to tackle each day
•If you think there’s an issue not getting attention, let us know on Facebook or through email!

If you can do them all, that’s great! But we understand it can be overwhelming. With all that said, we need as many voices as we can get, so here’s this week’s action items!
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#ActionItem: Don’t miss this handy pocket guide of actions this week: http://bit.ly/2wzrTGA

Featured actions include:
•Protecting DACA
•Follow the March Against White Supremacy.
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#ActionItem: Defend undocumented childhood immigrants with the DREAM Act.

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, my name is [NAME] and I’m a constituent from [TOWN/ZIP].

[IF CALLING SENATE]: I’m calling to express my support for S. 1615, the DREAM Act, and the thousands of Dreamers who contribute to our society. I urge [SENATOR NAME] to support this legislative solution to protecting the DACA program and the hundreds of thousands of people who rely on it for access to jobs, education, and security.

[IF CALLING HOUSE]: I’m calling to express my support for H.R. 3591, the American Hope Act, and the thousands of Dreamers who contribute to our society. I urge [REP NAME] to support this legislative solution to protecting the DACA program and the hundreds of thousands of people who rely on it for access to jobs, education, and security.

Thank you for your hard work answering the phones.
[IF LEAVING A VOICEMAIL: please leave your full street address to ensure your call is tallied]
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#ActionItem: Prioritize hurricane relief over all funding.
SCRIPT:

Hi, my name is [NAME] and I’m a constituent from [TOWN/ZIP].

I’m calling today to ask [SENATOR NAME] to set partisan issues aside to pass a robust Hurricane Harvey disaster relief fund and oppose any spending on a US-Mexico border wall. It would be unconscionable to prioritize funding for an unnecessary construction project over hurricane relief aid for thousands of Americans.

Thank you for your hard work answering the phones.
[IF LEAVING A VOICEMAIL: please leave your full street address to ensure your call is tallied]
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#ActionItem: Oppose climate change denier Jeffrey Bossert Clark for top environmental prosecutor

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

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

I’m calling to oppose Jeffrey Bossert Clark for Assistant Attorney General for the DOJ Environmental and Natural Resources Division. Clark is a climate change denier whose opposition to environmental regulations and protections makes him unsuitable for the role of enforcing America’s environmental laws.

Thank you so much for your time.
[IF LEAVING A VOICEMAIL: please leave your full street address to ensure your call is tallied]
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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: For those that can help, consider a donation to a Texas charity to support residents dealing with Hurricane Harvey. This list gives multiple options and tips: 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: 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

•For more actions, go to 5calls.org

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

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

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

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

Weekly Action Items

 

 

 

 

#ActionItem: Don’t miss this handy pocket guide of actions this week (BLM needs your help; continue to speak out against Senate healthcare bill!): http://bit.ly/2tivlFQ
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#ActionItem: Tell Secretary Zinke: No Drilling in Our Oceans! Sign the petition, tweet, or donate: http://bit.ly/2t4ToTI
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#ActionItem: Oppose DeVos’ attempt to dismantle protections for campus rape victims.

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 I’m concerned Betsy DeVos is considering dismantling Title IX (nine) and protections for survivors of sexual violence. Where does [name] stand on Title IX and campus sexual violence? Can I count on his/her support of S. 856 (Senate) / H.R. 1949 (House)? Thank you.
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#ActionItem: Sign up to volunteer for voter registration events. The most immediate ones coming up are:

•Friday July 21, 2017 – 5:30pm – 8:00pm Puerto Rico Latino Night @ the Public Market

•Saturday July 29, 2017 – 11am-5:30pm Puerto Rican Festival Agency Fair
To volunteer please contact: actiontogetherroc@gmail.com 
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#ActionItem: Support net neutrality and oppose slow-loading Internet and blocked sites. WRITE: To the FCC on their comment page, proceeding 17-108. (Go to the left side and click “+New Filing”) http://bit.ly/2r5wwat

SCRIPT: When I pay for Internet service, I expect protection from data discrimination, privacy invasion, and access restrictions. FCC Chairman Pai’s proposal risks my rights as a citizen. Corporations won’t do the right thing. I want the FCC to uphold all existing Title II net neutrality rules. Thanks.
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#ActionItem: Oppose a bill that will increase dependence on fossil fuels.

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

SCRIPT: Hi, I’m from [ZIP] and very concerned about S. 1460, the massive energy bill being rushed through the Senate. It’s opposed by conservation, water, farming, and even industry groups because it increases our country’s dependence on fossil fuels. I’m asking that Sen. [name] oppose this outdated bill and focus on clean, renewable energy.
Read more: http://bit.ly/2uAUADj
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#ActionItem: Stand up for DACA kids.
SIGN: petition to support immigrant youth: http://bit.ly/2jn1aqf
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#ActionItem: Oppose healthcare plan exemptions for Members of Congress.|

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

SCRIPT: Hi. I’m from [ZIP] calling to express my outrage that senators would exempt themselves from the same healthcare plan they plan to impose on the public. Not only is this unethical, but the optics are awful. I want [name] to publicly oppose this exemption and strip it from the bill. Thank you.
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#ActionItem: Advocate for our transgender servicepeople.

WRITE: Sec. Jim Mattis, 1400 Defense Pentagon, Washington, DC 20301-1400
SCRIPT: I support our transgender troops. All military servicepeople who want to serve our country deserve respect, not delays.
Read more: http://wapo.st/2tivwB3
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#ActionItem: Oppose the appointment of torture supporter, Steven G. Bradbury.

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

SCRIPT: Hi. I’m from [ZIP] calling because I would like [name] to oppose Steven Bradbury for attorney in the Trump Administration. We need moral, moderate candidates. Those who work to violate civil rights and support torture are too extreme for our government. Thanks.
SIGN PETITION: http://bit.ly/2u1hjoW
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#ActionItem: Win seats in 2018. Advocate for bipartisan Voting Rights Amendment.

CALL: Rep: http://www.house.gov/representatives/find

SCRIPT: Hi. I’m calling to ask Rep. [name] to support the bipartisan bill called the Voting Rights Amendment Act. It matters to me because the bill prevents racial discrimination and improves transparency. I would like [name] to support voting rights and cosponsor this bipartisan bill. Thanks.
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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

Weekly Action Items

• Don’t miss this handy pocket guide of actions this week: http://bit.ly/2sOIxRK

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•Ask Democratic senators to use legislative actions to stop AHCA

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

SCRIPT: Hi. I’m from [ZIP], calling about the Senate healthcare bill. I know my Senator will vote to oppose it, but the process needs to slow and open hearings on the bill must happen. I would like [name] to “withhold consent” on all Senate business and to “filibuster by amendment.” I know these seem extreme, but tens of thousands of lives are at stake if the AHCA passes. Is Sen. [name] willing to take these measures?

Bonus action: Complete this form from Indivisible: https://www.ouramendments.org/

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•Sign up to volunteer for voter registration events. The most immediate ones coming up are:
Friday, June 30 or Saturday, July 1: @ Keeler Park (2-3 volunteers needed)
Saturday, July 8: 2 p.m. @ Puerto Rico Pageant, St. John Fisher College (2-3 volunteers needed)

To volunteer please contact: actiontogetherroc@gmail.com

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•Advocate for strict sanctions against Russia.

CALL:
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:
Script: Hi. I’m from [ZIP] and am calling to support strong sanctions against Russia for their aggressive actions during our country’s elections last fall. When I see legislators trying to weaken sanctions, I fear for my country’s future. This is not a Republican or Democratic issue. This is about protecting our country from foreign aggression. Will [name] work hard to penalize Russia for their actions?

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

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•Tues 6/27, Wed 6/28: Make calls to Planned Parenthood supporters to stop the Senate from defunding PP. Sign up here: https://docs.google.com/…/1FAIpQLSfYnlb7VsNTXmJ5xR…/viewform

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•Advocate for open, frequent press briefings.
CALL: The White House Comment line 202.456.1111 (or email: https://www.whitehouse.gov/contact/).

SCRIPT: Hi. I am concerned about the lack of open press briefings at the White House. I think a free press is essential to our democracy. I would like open, televised briefings from the president on a regular basis. Thank you.

CALL/EMAIL: A news outlet you subscribe to or watch (list: http://www.nytix.com/Links/…/articles/newsmediacontacts.html).

SCRIPT: Hi. I’m a subscriber/viewer and am concerned about the lack of open press briefings at the White House. I think a free press is essential to our democracy. Can you tell me what [org] is doing about this issue?

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•Advocate for patients’ rights against corporate abuse.

CALL: Rep: http://www.house.gov/representatives/find
SCRIPT: Hi, I’m from [ZIP] calling about HR 1215 which intends to strip patients’ rights and increase medical corporations’ protections from lawsuits. When it comes to medical neglect, abuse, and malpractice, patients rights need to come first. Does Rep. [name] support violating the 7th Amendment of the US Constitution? Please ask him/her to vote against HR 1215.

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•Encourage the NYS Assembly to support the Green Light bill (A4050) that would provide drivers’ licenses to undocumented workers.

CALL: Your NYS Assemblymember: http://nyassembly.gov/mem/search/
SCRIPT: Hi, I’m calling from [ZIP] to ask __ to please support Bill A4050 and to move it out of the Transportation Committee.

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•Advocate for the rights of Americans and for civility toward immigrants.

CALL: Gov. Andrew Cuomo
Ph: 518.474.8390

SCRIPT: I am deeply concerned about ICE’s increasing aggression in our communities throughout the state. In Virginia, for example, ICE is stopping legal citizens to ask for proof of citizenship because of how they look. This creates a hostile environment for citizens and immigrants–and makes us all less safe. I am calling to request that Gov. Cuomo contact Homeland Security Sec. Kelly and express his/her desire to “insure domestic tranquility.”

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•Curtail gerrymandering

CALL: Rep: http://www.house.gov/representatives/find
Script: I’m from [ZIP] and support fair voting and efforts to stop racially discriminatory gerrymandering. Although this issue is going to the Supreme Court, I’m calling to ask you to support HB711 to address this issue legislatively.

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•Help deprive Breitbart.com of advertising revenue. If you’re on Twitter, Sleeping Giants has instructions on how you can help.

Visit: https://pbs.twimg.com/media/DC9ey3kUQAAGdJL.jpg

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•Advocate for a Police Accountability Board. More details and instructions here: http://surjroc.org/take-action/

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•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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OPINION: Suggested fixes to the ACA By Hermann Vogelstein

© Kathy Libby | Dreamstime Stock Photos

Thursday, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell released the newest version of the Affordable Care Act repeal plan, called the “Better Care Reconciliation Act,” which, if passed, would reportedly leave millions without health coverage.

According to the New York Times, the bill would make deep cuts to Medicaid while allowing states to drop ACA-required benefits such as maternity care and mental health treatment. Additionally, the NYT reported that corporations and the richest families in the country would benefit by the nearly $1 trillion in tax cuts imposed by the new bill.

While many would agree that the Affordable Care Act isn’t perfect, millions have benefitted from having health insurance coverage. In a statement today, former President Barack Obama condemned the senate bill: “We didn’t fight for the Affordable Care Act for more than a year in the public square for any personal or political gain—we fought for it because we knew it would save lives, prevent financial misery, and ultimately set this country we love on a better, healthier course.” [Full statement: here]

Hermann Vogelstein, a member of Action Together Rochester’s Public Health Committee, weighed in on changes that could be made to the existing Affordable Care Act instead of an all out repeal:

1) Fix the so-called “family glitch.” Currently, family members of employees with coverage available from their employers are not allowed to receive subsidies on plans bought through the marketplace if the premium of the employer’s plan for the employee alone is deemed affordable, even if covering the entire family under the plan would be unaffordable. If the premium for the entire family under an employer-sponsored plan is unaffordable, an employee’s dependents should be eligible for subsidies if they buy coverage on the marketplace.

2) A public option should be added in every state. This would create more choices and competition, thus exerting downward pressure on premiums. It would also solve the problem of some states having only one insurer on their health insurance marketplace or none at all in some counties.

3) A way should be found to motivate all states to implement the Medicaid expansion. (Perhaps the number of years that the Federal government pays 100 percent of the cost could be extended).

4) It might also be advisable to consider increasing subsidies to those who are currently struggling to pay their premiums and out-of-pocket costs. Perhaps, the income limit for eligibility for the premium tax credit should be raised so as to provide relief from premium increases to those just above the cut off.

5) In those states that have not expanded Medicaid, the minimum income amount for eligibility for subsidies should be lowered or eliminated, so that those who need help the most don’t fall through the cracks.

6) Restore the funding that has been cut or never fully funded for certain elements of the ACA that were designed to stabilize the health insurance market. This includes reinsurance and the supplementation of the “risk corridor,” which funnels money from the government to insurance plans that have experienced losses because they ended up with an excessively high percentage of very sick patients in their insurance pool. This should obviate the need for insurers to increase premiums more than necessary in order to guard against being stuck with a losing pool of subscribers. It would also likely make them more willing to take the risk of participating in the individual market on the healthcare exchanges.

7) Extend funding for certain aspects of the ACA that are set to expire this year or next.

8) Reverse Trump’s executive orders relaxing enforcement of the penalty for failing to obtain insurance coverage, and consider increasing the penalty so as to reduce the temptation for healthy people to forgo health insurance.

9) Make care coordination a billable service for primary care physicians in order to help shift the emphasis in our health care system from expensive procedures and surgeries to preventive care.

10) Address the high cost of pharmaceuticals by increased regulation, by empowering the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services to negotiate prices with drug companies, by allowing more medications to be imported, by creating transparency in drug pricing, by providing for easier drug comparisons, and by implementing value-based pricing of medications, taking into account their effectiveness.

11) Write into law the low-income cost-sharing subsidies for out-of-pocket costs (currently the subject of litigation), which allow those who qualify to have lower deductibles, out-of-pocket maximums, and co-pays if they buy a Silver plan.

12) States could offer preferential treatment to companies bidding on lucrative Medicaid contracts if they commit to selling plans on the ACA marketplaces (Nevada is already doing this; NY is considering allowing only companies that offer plans on its marketplace to bid on Medicaid contracts). 

Hermann Vogelstein is a member of the ATR Public Health Committee. 

Weekly Action Items

•Don’t miss this handy pocket guide of actions this week: http://bit.ly/2sOIxRK
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•Tell your senators a healthcare bill shouldn’t be cooked up behind closed doors and urge them not to vote for any healthcare bill that ends Medicaid expansion or institutes a per capita federal funding structure. Moreover, urge them to block a final AHCA vote by introducing thousands of amendments during the reconciliation process, an approach known as filibustering by amendment.

CALL:
Senator Schumer: 585.263-5866/202.224.6542
Senator Gillibrand: 585.263.6250/202.224.4451
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•Sign up to volunteer for voter registration events. The most immediate ones coming up are:

Thursday, June 22: 12-4:30 p.m. @ Flamboyanes (2-3 volunteers needed)

Saturday, June 24: 8:30 a.m.-12 p.m. @PR Festival 5K Race Seneca Park (2-3 volunteers needed)

Friday, June 30 or Saturday, July 1: @ Keeler Park (2-3 volunteers needed)

Saturday, July 8: 2 p.m. @ Puerto Rico Pageant, St. John Fisher College (2-3 volunteers needed)

To volunteer, please contact: actiontogetherroc@gmail.com and we’ll direct you to the correct person.
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•Demand all Trump-Russia findings be made public.

CALL:
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, my name is [NAME] and I’m a constituent from [TOWN].

I’m calling to ask that REP/SEN NAME support the creation of an independent commission on the Trump-Russia matters. Neither special counselor Mueller nor the congressional committee investigations are leading to public, unclassified answers about any possible wrongdoings that may have occurred, and the American people deserve to know what really happened.

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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•Support equal rights for your LGBTQ+ friends and family.

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_ calling to express my support for equal rights for the LGBTQ community. Can you tell me if _NAME_ plans to support The Equality Act of 2017? (Senate: S.1006 / House: H.R. 2282)
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•Let’s help get John Ossoff elected and flip the Georgia sixth! Phone bank for him and keep turning it blue!

https://electjon.com/volunteer
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•Tell Senators: Protect the Hudson from Oil Barges and vote in favor of S5197.
More info and script: http://bit.ly/2tF7jR9

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•Oppose opening national monuments to energy development.

Visit: http://bit.ly/2sP31Kb

SCRIPT: I am writing in response to executive order 13792. (Share how you use or enjoy national monuments, and why you want these spaces to be preserved.)
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•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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