Weekly Action Items

POCKET GUIDE OF ACTIONS: http://bit.ly/2pr5xBl
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•Turn it blue! Help phone bank and join the campaign to rebuild a progressive majority. https://www.codeblue.team
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•Continue to express your outrage over passage of the AHCA in the House.

CALL:
Schumer; 202.224.6542
Gillibrand: 202.224.4451
Rep: http://www.house.gov/representatives/find/

SCRIPT:
Hi, my name is [NAME] and I’m a constituent from [Town/City}.
I’m calling today because I am outraged that House Republicans rammed through the American Health Care Act without a Congressional Budget Office review and without fixing the issues in the plan that would leave millions uninsured and drive up premiums for millions more. The majority of Americans want the Affordable Care Act to be repaired, not replaced, and this tone-deaf bill endangers the lives and economic stability of millions.

[IF CALLING SENATOR, ADD: I urge [SEN NAME] to vote against the AHCA and ensure the ACA’s expansion of Medicaid and protections for people with preexisting conditions remain in place.]

[IF LEAVING A VOICEMAIL: please leave your full street address to ensure your call is tallied]
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•Use the hashtag and make it trend.

#IAMAPREEXISTINGCONDITION
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•For Mother’s Day, to honor our mothers, consider a donation to Mother Earth. Here are some options to donate to. Feel free to choose one of these or something else that tugs at your heart (or donate directly to a local group). Happy Mother’s Day to all of the wonderful moms out there and to our Mother Earth!

Sierra Club (local chapter): http://bit.ly/2pnbxKx

Citizens Climate Lobby: http://bit.ly/2pcBrpf

Mothers Out Front: http://bit.ly/2qSECP6

World Wildlife Fund: http://bit.ly/2pmYtF0

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•Keep our Elections Fair and Free

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

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

I’m calling today because I’m in opposed to H.R.2090, the so-called Election Integrity Act of 2017. I ask that Rep. Chris Collins vote against this bill, and that they advocate for voting reforms that protect the security of our elections without discriminating against poor and minority voters.

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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•Jordan Edwards was tragically shot and killed leaving a party with friends. Please support his family by contributing to his memorial fund. http://bit.ly/2pCQ1TM

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•Religious Liberty Executive Order: The ACLU has pledged to take legal action if this executive order triggers any government action, so send them a donation to support their fight. http://bit.ly/2p4n5qR
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•Support the EPA! They are looking for people to call in on comment sessions or send a comment in writing saying you support the EPA regulations that protect us from pollution, toxic chemicals, and climate change! This is ongoing until May 15. http://bit.ly/2qlyoKT #environment
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•Keep up the pressure and focus on Trump’s Russian ties and demand an independent investigation into Russia!

-CALL, EMAIL, TWEET ALL MAJOR MEDIA OUTLETS and demand coverage on Russia and put pressure on them to investigate: http://bit.ly/2prdKVY

-CALL CHAFFETZ 801.851.8500
CUMMINGS 202.225.4471

-Demand a subpoena for white house Flynn papers (security clearances, documents of Flynn’s foreign contacts and payments received by Flynn from foreign sources)

-Call all House of Intelligence Committee Members and demand an investigation now: http://bit.ly/2pr5xBl

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•The ACLU has created a platform called People Power to counter the worst policies and legislation coming out of the Trump administration. People Power uses relay texting to get the word out about upcoming actions, rallies, and meetings.
Sign up here: http://bit.ly/2oKcD7A
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Additional Actions
•Join your local code blue and rebuild a progressive voting majority:https://www.codeblue.team
•Join Swing Left and help swing districts turn blue: https://swingleft.org/|
•Go to 5calls.org for more action items

Weekly Action Items

This week’s: POCKET GUIDE OF ACTIONS: http://bit.ly/2oPVdqh
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Turn it blue!

Help phone bank and join the campaign to rebuild a progressive majority. https://www.codeblue.team
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Protect National Parks and Monuments from Trump’s EO – Hearing is 5/2

CALL:
Ryan Zinke, Secretary of the US Department of Interior: 202.208.7351
House Committee on Natural Resources: 202.225.2761

Go to 5calls.org for script
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•Keep calling your congressional house and senate reps and demand an independent investigation into Russia.

CHECK out our handy pocket guide for the various entities you can put pressure on: http://bit.ly/2oPVdqh

CALL:
Schumer; 202.224.6542
Gillibrand: 202.224.4451
Rep: http://www.house.gov/representatives/find/
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•Oppose Jay Clayton as Chairman of the Securities and Exchange Commission – Vote-5/2

CALL:Schumer; 202.224.6542
Gillibrand: 202.224.4451

Go to 5calls.org for script
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Support the EPA!
They are looking for people to call in on comment sessions or send a comment in writing saying you support the EPA regulations that protect us from pollution, toxic chemicals, and climate change! This is ongoing until May 15. http://bit.ly/2qlyoKT #environment

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Sign your name and help save Planned Parenthood from being defunded.
http://bit.ly/2onQATS
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Sign up for People Power:

The ACLU has created a platform called People Power to counter the worst policies and legislation coming out of the Trump administration. People Power uses relay texting to get the word out about upcoming actions, rallies, and meetings.

Sign up here: http://bit.ly/2oKcD7A
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Additional Action Items:

•Join your local code blue and rebuild a progressive voting majority:https://www.codeblue.team

Join Swing Left and help swing districts turn blue: https://swingleft.org/|

•Go to 5calls.org for more action items

Weekly Action Items

POCKET GUIDE OF ACTIONS: http://bit.ly/2pWVNiF
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•Turn it blue! Help phone bank and join the campaign to rebuild a progressive majority. https://www.codeblue.team

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•Keep funding for the wall out of the budget.

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

Go to 5calls.org for script
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•Protect our climate! 45 wants is pushing to pull out of the Paris agreement. The U.S. needs to stay a part of the agreement with the reduced CO2 emission targets set by the Obama administration.

CALL:
Scott Pruitt: 202.564.4700
Your rep: http://www.house.gov/representatives/find/
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•Keep controversy policy riders out of the 2017 budget.

CALL
Schumer; 202.224.6542
Gillibrand: 202.224.4451
Rep: http://www.house.gov/representatives/find/
Go to 5calls.org for script

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•Sign your name and help save Planned Parenthood from being defunded.

http://bit.ly/2onQATS
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The Climate March is Saturday! Join the march and let Trump know climate change is real! http://bit.ly/2lqpZng

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Additional Action Items:

•Join your local code blue and rebuild a progressive voting majority: https://www.codeblue.team

Join Swing Left and help swing districts turn blue: https://swingleft.org/|

•Go to 5calls.org for more action items

Q&A: Organizing the Rochester March for Science

On Saturday, scientists and those who support science will, as the March for Science website notes, march on D.C. to champion “robustly funded and publicly communicated science as a pillar of human freedom and prosperity.” In Rochester, scientists and supporters will be doing the same.

Stephanie Gallant, an early childhood educator and an organizing committee chair for the Rochester March for Science, told Action Together Rochester a little bit about what inspired her to get on board planning this event while discussing the significance of science to our community and world.

Q: How did you become interested in activism? How long have you been doing it? 

A: This is the first thing I have done in the realm of activism. I tend to prefer to be involved with things rather than just participating in them, and when I became aware of the MFS movement at the end of January, I immediately wanted to be a part of something like that in Rochester. My intention then, and now, is that I am not the ONLY coordinator, but that a team of interested people be created. We have a great team and we make team decisions.

Q: How did you become involved in the March For Science? 

A: While browsing Facebook in late January, after the inauguration women’s march around the time that Twitter-bans were being placed on government agencies, a friend of a friend posted a link to a Facebook Group about scientists who wanted to march on Washington. I was one of the first 5,000 people on the page. By the end of the night, there were 375,000 people. I’m grateful that Rochester has been a part of it from the beginning, as D.C. has provided a lot of guidance. For me, as a newcomer to event planning and activism, it has been very helpful.

Q: Why is the March For Science an important cause and what does it represent for our community and country?

A: I only recently learned exactly how much SCIENCE is done in Rochester. We have so many companies and nonprofits using science and innovation to make our community better. We have many companies, some with federal funding, that employ the people of this area. Our nonprofits use science to help people, animals, and the local environment. Our colleges and universities receive federal funding to train the next wave of scientists. All of this is threatened with budget cuts. 

Science itself is so broad. For me, as an educator, it’s more than just “science class,” it’s the process in which we all learn about the world around us. When young children—preschoolers, toddlers, and infants—play they are *doing* science. They are observing. They are wondering and questioning. They try new things. They change their methods. And, so excitedly, they share their results with the other people around them. I love when young children discover how to make their block building taller or discover that mixing yellow paint and blue paint makes green paint. The wonder of looking closely at an ant on a stick IS science. It’s part of who we are and how we learn, as individuals and as a community. The process of science is being undermined when the results of science are not respected. For me, that is my biggest concern and the reason I march.

Q: What do you most hope the march will accomplish? 

A: I hope this will be a starting point and an eye-opening experience for people, no matter their political views, to understand how important science is to our community and world, and to advocate for responsible, evidence-based policy.

Q: What has been the most surprising experience you’ve had/thing you’ve learned since becoming involved in activism? 

A: I truly understand why people call large projects their “baby.” Much like when I had a newborn, organizing the RMS I’m up all hours of the night, dedicating myself to something other than myself, forgetting important things like showering and eating, and feeling exhausted but running on pure adrenaline.

Q: Any advice you have for avoiding burn-out and keeping positive in activism? 

A: Find an end date and plan a day off from your project, your job, and other obligations. I’ll see if I can practice what I preach.

Q: Lastly, do you consider yourself political? And do you consider science a political issue—why or why not? 

A: I do not consider myself political, which is one reason the March for Science felt comfortable to me. I do not see science as partisan, though, because it is used to better our communities and nation, because the government does and (I believe) SHOULD involve itself in science, it Is political


Details:

What:
Rochester March for Science
When: Saturday, April 22 9:30-10:30 a.m.
Where: Martin Luther King Jr. Park at Manhattan Square Park
(The first Rochester Science Expo will take place after at the Hyatt Regency Hotel.)

Weekly Action Items

Check out this pocket guide of actions! CTA 4-9-17nat 2

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Urge congress to grant asylum to Syrian refugees
Go to 5calls.org for script

CALL:
Schumer: 202.224.6542
Gillibrand: 202.224.4451
http://www.house.gov/representatives/find
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•Support access to safe abortions by opposing HR7: http://bit.ly/2jNecvF

CALL:
Schumer: 202.224.6542
Gillibrand: 202.224.4451

SCRIPT:

Hi. I’m from ZIP and calling to express my opposition to HR7, which prevents women from accessing safe, medical abortion. https://www.congress.gov/bill/115th-congress/house-bill/7
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Demand town halls during the April recess
Go to 5calls.org for script and representative’s phone number

Or find your rep here: http://www.house.gov/representatives/find
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Support the Presidential Conflicts of Interest Act of 2017
Go to 5calls.org for script and representative’s phone number

Or find your rep here: http://www.house.gov/representatives/find
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Hike for Earth Day and help the Sierra Club raise $20,000
Sign up here: http://bit.ly/2oY6sfE
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Oppose any attempt to defund Planned Parenthood or restrict women’s access to critical reproductive health services.
Sign the petition: http://bit.ly/2ojVdvf
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Join your local tax day march on Saturday. There’s one going on in Buffalo: https://www.facebook.com/events/408659229507588
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Additional Actions!

•Join your local code blue and rebuild a progressive voting majority: https://www.codeblue.team

•Join Swing Left and help swing districts turn blue: https://swingleft.org/

•Go to 5calls.org for more action items

Daily Action Item: Call your Representative to reject the Rebublican Obamacare repeal bill

The Republican Obamacare repeal bill passed through two committee votes in the House of Representatives last week, and is expected to pass through more this week.

A vote by the full House is expected as early as the end of next week.

In order to stop this bill, we need 21 Republicans and all Democrats to oppose it. Right now, only 8 Republicans are on record in opposition. We need more votes.

No matter whether you are represented by a Democrat or a Republican, we need you to get on the phones right now.

Call Representative Louise McIntosh Slaughter at (202) 225-3615. Demand she reject this plan. Here is a sample script:

Hi, my name is (Name ) from (zip code) in (City). I oppose the health care bill introduced by House Republicans last week and I want Representative Louise McIntosh Slaughter to reject this proposal and fight to protect the millions of Americans who rely on Obamacare for health insurance. Thank you for all your hard work on our behalf.

Today’s Action Item: Call/Email Eric Schneiderman

NY’s State AG, Eric Schneiderman, is planning to take down Trump using the emoluments clause. They are asking people in NY to call AND send an email to him, voicing our support for further investigations into Trump’s conflicts of interest and potential violations of the emoluments clause of the Constitution, so that the AG can bring a suit! As of today they only had 300 responses to the call for support. Let’s grow that number by leaps and bounds! Please share widely.
Phone 212-416-6218 or 212.416.8300
Email: nyag.consumerbureau@ag.ny.gov
Be sure and put your name, address and number in the email.

DAILY ACTION ITEMS

Action Items of the Day!

  • Action Item: Call your congressional representative and make sure they know how many people in your district rely on ACA — repealing this is a threat to the health of our nation. Check out the info here: http://bit.ly/2lxAIK3
  • Action Item: Stand up to hate crimes. Since Trump’s election in November, there has been an uptick in hate crimes against vulnerable communities across the United States. Call the Department of Justice Civil Rights Division: 202.514.4609

SCRIPT:

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

I am calling today to ask for a full and unified investigation into the multitude of recent hates crimes, such as the mosque burnings, Jewish Community Center bomb threats and the racially motivated shooting of an Indian engineer. These crimes are appalling and must be investigated immediately to ensure a safe America for everyone.

Thank you for your time and attention.

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

  • Action Item: Join the Alliance for Quality Education in New York and Action Together Rochester in the People’s March for Education Justice in Rochester.

Details: https://www.facebook.com/events/1153194151445863/

  • Action Item: Ask you reps to oppose the HR 610! The Choices in Education Act of 2017 (H.R. 610) has three components that would affect public schools throughout the country. Passing this legislation would be a blow to our public school system and rip critical funding from our public schools to private, for-profit institutions. #actioneducation

 

  • Action Item: Fax your congressional representatives and demand that they move forwards on calling for a thorough investigation into election interference with Russia

Senator Schumer:
(202) 228-2838 NYC (not a typo_
(202) 228-3027 DC

Senator Gillibrand:
(866) 824-6340 NYC
(202) 228-0282 DC

Here are letters for easy printing, signing, mailing, and faxing! And SHARING!

http://bit.ly/2mEVXcf

Don’t have a fax machine? Use this site site: https://faxzero.com/

  • Action Item: LOCAL DONATIONS NEEDED: A man from Iraq who worked as a translator with our troops and his family were only allowed to bring one suitcase to start from scratch. Donations are needed in the form of housewares, furniture, toys, and clothing for a 7-year-old girl and a 3-year-old boy. PM Emerson Schofield for more info.

 

 

Daily Action Items

ACTION ITEMS OF THE DAY!

  • HOLD OFFICIALS ACCOUNTABLE
    – TAKING PLACE TOMORROW: ‪From resistancerecess.com
    Chris Collins no town hall protest 
    Friday, February 24 at 2 p.m.
    Geneseo, NY 15424
    – Call your reps and use this script to inquire into how they will approach the investigation of Russia: http://bit.ly/2kQEqN3
  • PROTECT ALL OUR STUDENTS
    – Call your state’s department of education and senate reps and ask how they plan protect transgender students.- Let Betsy know we expect and demand that she protect all students. Don’t back down to Trump and Sessions. Many outlets are reporting that BDV actually argued against rescinding LBGTQ protections and her job was threatened.

    Tweet Betsy Devos: @BetsyDeVosED

    Write to Besty DeVos:
    U.S. Department of Education
    Lyndon Baines Johnson Education Building
    400 Maryland Ave., S.W.
    Washington, D.C. 20202

  • SAVE AMERICORPS
    “On Friday, 2/17 the New York Times published a report claiming that the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) — including AmeriCorps — is on a “hit list” of federal programs the Trump administration could propose to eliminate. We must act now to ensure our voices are heard and national service is protected.Visit the link below to email your member of Congress and tweet to them your stance on AmeriCorps. http://about.serviceyear.org/save_americorps
  • LOCAL DONATIONS NEEDED
    A man from Iraq who worked as a translator with our troops and his family were only allowed to bring one suitcase to start from scratch. Donations are needed in the form of housewares, furniture, toys, and clothing for a 7-year-old girl and a 3-year-old boy. PM Emerson Schofield for more info.
  • STRENGTH IN NUMBERS
    Get those fingers ready and start making calls to help flip CT to a blue majority. The vote is Feb. 28.: http://bit.ly/2kQOqpf #politicalaction

Daily Action Items

ACTION ITEMS OF THE DAY!

The City Rochester has a Community Climate Action Plan (CAP) to provide a framework for sustainable projects and actions that will help Rochester reduce its greenhouse gas emissions. Contact Anne Spaulding in the City’s Office of Energy and Sustainability at (585) 428-7474, or email her to support this.
http://www.cityofrochester.gov/climateactionplan

•FRIDAY, February 24, from resistancerecess.com
Chris Collins no town hall protest
Friday, February 24 at 2 p.m.
Geneseo, NY 15424

•LOCAL DONATIONS NEEDED: A man from Iraq who worked as a translator with our troops and his family were only allowed to bring one suitcase to start from scratch. Donations are needed in the form of housewares, furniture, toys, and clothing for a 7-year-old girl and a 3-year-old boy. PM Emerson Schofield for more info.

•Call your reps and use this script to inquire into how they will approach the investigation of Russia: http://bit.ly/2kQEqN3

•Get those fingers ready and start making calls to help flip CT to a blue majority: http://bit.ly/2kQOqpf

•Read up on how to be effective at town halls and pertinent questions to ask: http://wapo.st/2ldMJ8K

•Flip-a-friend! Read up on what pushes republicans away from supporting democratic ideologies and have a gentle conversation. http://nyti.ms/2lD6k3q

•Oppose HR 610, a bill designed to push school privatization Send an email today to your representatives that says, “Do not sign on to or support HR 610.” It’s easy to do. http://bit.ly/2lZinsg

•As many of you know, our protest outside of Senator Robach’s office was to defend Planned Parenthood and urge NYS Senators, including Robach, to vote on crucial upcoming NYS legislation: the Comprehensive Contraception Coverage Act (CCCA), and the Reproductive Health Act (RHA).

Both of these bills have already passed NYS Assembly, but both still have to pass the Republican-led NYS Senate! These bills have not made it through our NYS Senate in recent years, but that is because they are not feeling the heat from constituents! A few folks are now beginning to schedule visits to our NYS Senators offices to press them on these two very important bills, but we need more! Plan a scheduled visit with 3-4 folks (best if you are a constituent) to your NYS Senator to support CCCA/RHA.
If you are not able to schedule a visit, please see numbers 2 and 3…
2- Call/write to your NYS Senator to support CCCA (has passed NYS Assembly).
3- Call/write to your NYS Senator to support RHA (has passed NYS Assembly)

To find your NYS Senator: https://www.nysenate.gov/find-my-senator

SAMPLE PHONE CALL SCRIPT (OR FOR A LETTER):
“Hi, my name is ______________, I’m a constituent from (city/town), (zip code). I am in favor of the Reproductive Health Act AND the Comprehensive Contraception Care Act. And I urge the Senator to please support them both. Thank you.”

You can ask, “Can you tell me where the Senator stands on these important pieces of legislation?” And, “Please let him/her know that I am in favor of these bills and would like him/her to be in favor of them also?” Feel free to add more information (facts, statistics, personal stories).

Thank you. Together, we can do this!