Weekly Actions Jan. 8-14

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Originally posted Dec. 27:

*LOCAL NEED*

CLOTHING URGENTLY NEEDED FOR NEW MONROE HIGH STUDENTS

**MONROE HIGH SCHOOL ALUMNI AND NEIGHBORS**
ANNOUNCING NEIGHBORHOOD USED CLOTHING DRIVE NOW UNDERWAY

Monroe High School has received many children who were displaced by the hurricanes in the Caribbean. Many of them are coming to school wearing t-shirts and hoodies and sandals, even though there is snow on the ground.
Drop Off Site: Park Ave Pets 933 Monroe Avenue.

If you find that you’re cleaning out your closets and you have gently used clothing, coats, and other gear, in any sizes, the students could really use them and would be very appreciative. 

Lisa Jacques, Owner of Park Ave Pets at 993 Monroe Avenue, has graciously offered to be a drop off site. DROP OFF GENTLY USED CLOTHING AND OUTERWEAR over the Next Two Weeks and we’ll get it all to those in need. 
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#ActionItem:
(CALL ASAP) Block Pharma Exec Alez Azar as HHS Secretary. The hearing is tomorrow (TUESDAY, Jan 9)!

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]
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I’m calling to ask Senator [NAME] to oppose the nomination of Alex Azar for Secretary of Health and Human Services. Azar still profits from pharmaceuticals and his continued advocacy for the drug industry makes him a highly corrupt and appalling choice to lead the agency tasked with regulating 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]

(Curated from 5calls.org)

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#ActionItem:

Protect State Marijuana Legalization

CALL:
Department of Justice: 202-353-1555
Your Rep: http://www.house.gov/representatives/find
Senator Schumer: 585.263.5866/202.224.6542
Senator Gillibrand: 585.263.6250/202.224.4451

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

[IF DEPT OF JUSTICE]: I’m calling to express my strong disapproval of the Department’s plan to rescind the policy of allowing states to take lead on marijuana law enforcement. The government should be focused on fighting the opiate epidemic, not cracking down on legal marijuana businesses.

[IF HOUSE]: I’m calling in support of the bipartisan bill H.R.975, the Respect State Marijuana Laws Act. The government should be focused on fighting the opiate epidemic, not cracking down on legal marijuana businesses.

[IF SENATE]: I’m calling in support of S. 1689 Marijuana Justice Act of 2017. The government should be focused on fighting the opiate epidemic, not cracking down on legal marijuana businesses.

Thank you for your time and attention.
[NOTE: If leaving a voicemail please leave your full street address to ensure you call is tallied.]

(Curated from 5calls.org)
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#ActionItem:
Restrict Trump’s Nuclear Launch Authority

CALL:
Your Rep: http://www.house.gov/representatives/find
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 urge Rep. [NAME] to support [H.R. 669 if House, S. 200 if Senate] to prohibit the President from launching a nuclear first strike before Congress has declared war.

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]

(Curated from 5calls.org)
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#ActionItem: Protect our coasts from offshore drilling.

CALL:
Your Rep: http://www.house.gov/representatives/find
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 concerned constituent from [Town/Zip].

I’m calling to express my shock at Trump’s decision to open US coastal waters to offshore drilling. I ask Senator Charles E. Schumer to support [H.R. 2272 for House/S. 999 for Senate], the COAST Anti-Drilling Act, to protect our fragile coastal regions. Oil spills are inevitable and lead to grave economic and environmental consequences for our coastal communities.

Thank you for your time and attention.
[NOTE: If leaving a voicemail please leave your full street address to ensure you call is tallied.]

(Curated from 5calls.org)
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#ActionItem:
Stand with the Ramapough Lenape Nation in opposing oil development.

VISIT: https://centerforearthethics.org/clara/

New York is already divesting from fossil fuels; this petition asks Gov. Cuomo to refuse a new, habitat-endangering and unnecessary pipeline through the state.
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#ActionItem:
Oppose SiriusXM Radio hiring Steve Bannon for Breitbart News Daily

WRITE: Scott Greenstein, President, ℅ SiriusXM, 1221 Avenue of the Americas, NY, NY 10020

SCRIPT: I am writing to oppose the “Patriot Channel’s” recent addition of Steve Bannon as host of several daily and weekend programs. Bannon isn’t a patriot, and Breitbart isn’t news. While his name may be profitable in some circles, giving this man a platform is a disservice to American democracy. [If you are a subscriber, communicate whether you’ll be boycotting or canceling your membership.] I will look for all my music and media needs from other outlets in the future. Name, State
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#ActionItem:
Sign up for future texting campaigns to turn it blue!

Sign up here http://bit.ly/R2B-Alabama and then join the Open Progress Texting Slack, #red2blue channel or go here: http://bit.ly/2BT3Z8N
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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 Actions Jan. 1-7

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(Call ASAP) Oppose a federal judge appointee with a history of condoning race-based voter suppression.

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 nomination of Thomas Farr to a lifetime appointment to the US District Court. His history of defending voter suppression and targeting Black voters makes him unfit for this position. I would like [name] to oppose Farr’s appointment. Thanks.

Read more: http://bit.ly/2C6Jypo, http://ampr.gs/2CkS4p3

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#ActionItem:
Limit Russian influence. Advocate for transparency in political ads.

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] calling to ask [name] to support the Honest Ads Act. Americans deserve to know who is paying for political ads, and this bipartisan effort improves transparency in online advertising. I would like [name] to cosponsor S. 1989/H.R. 4077 while still in committee. Thank you.

Note: Tom Reed is a cosponsor of H.R. 4077

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#ActionItem:
Stand with the Ramapough Lenape Nation in opposing oil development.

VISIT: https://centerforearthethics.org/clara/

New York is already divesting from fossil fuels; this petition asks Gov. Cuomo to refuse a new, habitat-endangering and unnecessary pipeline through the state.

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#ActionItem:
Oppose SiriusXM Radio hiring Steve Bannon for Breitbart News Daily

WRITE: Scott Greenstein, President, ℅ SiriusXM, 1221 Avenue of the Americas, NY, NY 10020

SCRIPT: I am writing to oppose the “Patriot Channel’s” recent addition of Steve Bannon as host of several daily and weekend programs. Bannon isn’t a patriot, and Breitbart isn’t news. While his name may be profitable in some circles, giving this man a platform is a disservice to American democracy. [If you are a subscriber, communicate whether you’ll be boycotting or canceling your membership.] I will look for all my music and media needs from other outlets in the future. Name, State

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#ActionItem:
Sign up for future texting campaigns to turn it blue!

Sign up here http://bit.ly/R2B-Alabama and then join the Open Progress Texting Slack, #red2blue channel or go here: http://bit.ly/2BT3Z8N

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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

 

 

 

 

 

 

Quote of the week:

“Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.”
—Martin Luther King, Jr.
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#ActionItem:
Denounce the final version of the GOP tax bill. All GOP House Reps except Donovan (NY), Faso (NY), Frelinghuysen (NJ), Issa (CA), Jones (NC), King (NY), Lance (NJ), LoBiondo (NJ), Rohrabacher (CA), Smith (NJ), Stefanik (NY), and Zeldin (NY) supported the bill.

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 calling from [TOWN/ZIP].

[IF CALLING A DEMOCRAT OR GOP DEFECTOR: I’m calling to thank [REP NAME] for their hard work opposing the GOP tax plan. I ask they continue to fight for and to attempt to undo the harm this bill will soon cause.

[IF CALLING A SENATE GOP/MOST HOUSE GOP supporter: I’m calling to denounce [REP’S NAME] vote on the tax bill. It is a shameful handout to corporations and the wealthy on the backs of the middle class. I will remember this vote next November when I vote in the mid-term elections.

Thank you for your time answering the phones.
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#ActionItem:
Support the Alexander-Murray ACA Stablization Bill

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
Andrew M. Cuomo D-NY: 518.474.8390

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

[IF CONGRESS] I’m calling to support the Alexander-Murray bill to stabilize the individual insurance market. Now that Republicans have repealed the ACA’s individual mandate, this bill is more critical than ever to keep exchange premium prices affordable.

[IF GOVERNOR] I’m calling to urge the governor to support the Alexander-Murray bill to ensure access to affordable insurance in [YOUR STATE]. We must protect our most vulnerable citizens, and the bipartisan Alexander-Murray bill is the first step necessary to stabilize the individual healthcare market.

Thank you for your hard work answering the phones.
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#ActionItem:
Demand Congress Oppose A Mueller Firing

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 [ZIP].

[IF CALLING SENATE] I’m calling to urge Senator _____ to support S.1735, the Special Counsel Independence Protection Act, and make a public statement that the firing of Special Counsel Mueller by Trump would be completely unacceptable. It’s the duty of Congress to serve as a check on Trump and prevent him from sending our democracy into a tailspin.

[IF CALLING HOUSE] I’m calling to urge Rep. ______ to make a public statement that the firing of Special Counsel Mueller by Trump would be completely unacceptable. It’s the duty of Congress to serve as a check on Trump and prevent him from sending our democracy into a tailspin.

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 our youngest, most vulnerable citizens’ health.

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 ask [name] to fund the Children’s Health Insurance Program. It’s had 19 years of bipartisan support. The delay in authorizing its funding now puts the health of 9 million kids at risk. What is Sen. [name] doing to assure CHIP funding in New York?
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#ActionItem:
Oppose anti-equality lifetime judicial appointments.

CALL: Senator Schumer: 585.263.5866/202.224.6542
Senator Gillibrand: 585.263.6250/202.224.4451
OR Text RESIST to 50409 or message Resistbot on Facebook

SCRIPT: Dear Sen. [name], I’m a constituent writing to express my opposition to several lifetime judicial appointments: Damien Schiff and Matthew Kacsmaryk for their well-documented histories of opposing women’s health, equality for LGBTQ citizens, and marriage equality, and Charles Goodwin for his ABA rating of “not qualified,” which identifies him as biased and unfit to serve. Thank you for voting against these nominees to support basic civil rights.

Read more: http://bit.ly/2yTr0Xnhttp://bit.ly/2yTjg7P
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#ActionItem:
Fight The Rollback of Net Neutrality Protections

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
Attorney General Eric Schneiderman: 518.776.2000

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

[IF CONGRESS]: I’m calling to express my strong disapproval of the FCC’s move to roll back the 2015 net neutrality protections. I ask that Senator Eric Schneiderman immediately work to use the Congressional Review Act to reverse this decision and preserve a free, open Internet that’s equally accessible to all.

[IF ATTORNEY GENERAL] I’m calling to thank the Attorney General for joining the lawsuit against the FCC for their rollback of 2015 net neutrality protections.
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#ActionItem:
Sign up for future texting campaigns to turn it blue!
Sign up here http://bit.ly/R2B-Alabama and then join Open Progress Texting Slack
#red2blue channel or go here: http://bit.ly/2BT3Z8N
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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 Dec. 4-10

Quote of the week:

“You may trod me in the very dirt
But still, like dust, I’ll rise.”
―Maya Angelou

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#ActionItem:
Oppose a tax plan that hurts not-rich Americans. The bill goes back to the House this week.

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

Script for red Reps: Hi. I’m a [Republican] constituent calling to strongly oppose the Republican tax plan which hurts low- and average-income Americans while helping the richest. Not only is it ill-conceived, I am angry that my tax dollar is paying for Rep. [name] to cater to his/her donors while shirking his/her obligation to observe regular order. S/he needs to show respect for the taxpayers who fund his/her salary. My future vote depends on Rep. [name] voting against this slapdash bill and returning to regular order.

Script for blue Reps: Hi. I’m calling from [ZIP], and already know that Rep. [name] opposes the Republican tax plan–as do I. However, I am angry that my tax dollar is paying for Rep. [name]’s salary in Congress while s/he is tolerating Republicans’ refusal to observe regular order. I will count on Rep. [name]’s vote against this inhumane bill. However, I also want Democrats to stop being doormats and get a spine. What will Rep. [name] do to restore regular order in Congress?

Check out this excellent list of actions from ATR and Indivisible: http://bit.ly/2if9zuy
A graphic version is also listed in the comments.

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#ActionItem:
Advocate for our youngest citizens’ health.

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 funding for the Children’s Health Insurance Program. The Senate is dragging its feet and putting the health of 9 million kids at risk. What is Sen. [name] doing to reauthorize CHIP funding?

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#ActionItem:
Protect a free and open Internet

If you’re looking for a simple way to explain net neutrality to inspire like-minded friends to get into action, this piece from The Oatmeal walks through it in a simple and humorous way: http://theoatmeal.com/blog/net_neutrality

CALL/EMAIL/TWEET: We only need to convince ONE of the other FCC Commissioners (who is not already a no) to flip to a No vote to save Net Neutrality:
A) Ajit Pai: 202-518-7399 / email: Ajit.Pai@fcc.gov/ Twitter: @AjitPaiFCC
B) Michael O’Rielly: 301-657-9092 / email: mike.o’rielly@fcc.gov Twitter @mikeofcc
C) Brendan Carr: 202-719-7305 / email: Brendan.Carr@fcc.gov/ Twitter: @BrendanCarrFCC

Get talking points and call your Reps here: https://www.battleforthenet.com/

Submit a public comment: www.fcc.gov/ecfs/filings/express
Enter the number 17-108 in the first field, which is called Proceeding. On the same screen, you can type your comment and submit it to the FCC.

Sign a petition: http://bit.ly/2AXmzw5

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#ActionItem:
Speak out against Roy Moore

Make a comment on the Alabama Chamber of Commerce/Tourism website. Tell them that a state that supports Roy Moore will not be part of your travel plans. alabamachambers.org/contact-us/ or call at 1-800-ALABAMA.

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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

Quote of the week:

A small body of determined spirits
fired by an unquenchable faith in their mission
can alter the course of history.

Mahatma Gandhi

#ActionItem:
Urge key Senators to vote no on the Senate Tax Bill when it comes to the floor. These Senators were chosen because they are either on the record as having concerns about the bill or have indicated reservations. Even though we are calling from out of district, we are still entitled to be heard. This bill will affect every American and will negatively affect many New Yorkers. Their vote will impact our lives and the lives of our children and families.

CALL (as many as you can):
Senator Ron Johnson (WI) (may change his mind and vote Yes) 202-224-5323 or (414) 276-7282
Senator Jeff Flake (AZ): 202-224-4521 or 520-575-8633
Senator James Lankford (OK): (202) 228-1015 or (405) 231-4941
Senator Susan Collins (ME): (202)224-2523 or (207) 622-8414
Senator Lisa Murkowski (AK): (202)-224-6665 or (907) 456-0233
Senator John McCain (AZ): (202) 228-2862 or (602) 952-2410
Senator Bob Corker: (TN) 202-224-3344 or 615-279-8125

EASY CALL/TWEET TOOL: https://trumptaxtoolkit.org

SAMPLE SCRIPT:
Hi My name is ___ and I calling to urge Senator ___ to vote no on the Senate Tax Bill when it comes to the floor. This bill provides excessive and extensive tax cuts to corporations and to the wealthiest few at the expense of programs, services, infrastructure, and the vast majority of Americans. Please urge him/her to stand for the American people and vote no. Thank you.

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#ActionItem:
Stand with Native American tribes defending Bears Ears National Monument

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: Sen./Rep. [name], The president cannot un-designate a National Monument, only Congress can. Please protect Bears Ears National Monument and vote against any bill carving up this sacred land for profit. Thank you.

DONATE: Support the non-profit legal team opposing the Zinke/Trump land grab: http://bit.ly/2zX4rDe

Read more: http://bit.ly/2z5PxJXhttp://wapo.st/2zR8WSv

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#ActionItem:
Urge Sen. Shelby to act on transparency in campaign ad funding

WRITE: Chair of the Senate Committee on Rules and Administration: Sen. Richard Shelby, 304 Russell SOB, Washington, DC 20510

SCRIPT: In the wake of the 2016 election, two bills have been introduced that would protect American voting from foreign influence. However, I noticed that the R&A committee has not moved on them. Please protect the integrity of our vote and move forward on S. 1989 (Honest Ads Act) and S. 1585 (DISCLOSE Act). Thank you.

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#ActionItem:
Protect a free and open Internet

CALL: Ajit Pai, FCC Chairman: 202.418.1000
Senator Schumer: 585.263.5866/202.224.6542
Senator Gillibrand: 585.263.6250/202.224.4451
Your rep: http://www.house.gov/representatives/find

Hi, my name is [NAME] and I’m a concerned customer from [CITY, STATE].

[IF FCC]: I’m calling to express my disapproval that the FCC is trying to kill 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.

[IF CONGRESS]: I’m calling to express my support for Net Neutrality and a fair and open Internet. I ask that [Senator’s or Rep’s Name] contact FCC Chairman Ajit Pai and demand he abandon his plan to overturn Net Neutrality and Title II oversight. It is time for Congress to take a stand and urge Chairman Pai to cancel the vote in December.
Thank you for your time and attention.

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

Sign a petition: http://bit.ly/2AXmzw5

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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. 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.
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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

•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


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