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

• 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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Weekly Action Items

Don’t miss out on this handy pocket guide of actions: http://bit.ly/2sW0F9t
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Advocate for healthcare. A senate vote is imminent.

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 _SEN. NAME_ to fight for my right to affordable, quality healthcare coverage. Specifically, (list what you want). Ideas:
1. No gender discrimination and no lifetime caps.
2. Access to reproductive medicine without cost.
3. Coverage for all pre-existing conditions.
4. Cost less than $X per month per person.
5. Comprehensive Medicare and Medicaid.

Most importantly, share why this is personally significant to you.

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Insist on an open hearing of the senate healthcare bill.
CALL OR FAX:
Sen. Orrin Hatch, SFC office
Ph: 202.224.4515
Fax 202.228.0554

SCRIPT: I am calling Sen. Hatch in his capacity as the chair of the Senate Finance Committee. The Senate’s current approach to the healthcare issue appears secretive, manipulative, and undemocratic. Democracy thrives with discussion, cooperation, and compromise. As a consumer of healthcare services, I’m asking Sen. Hatch to conduct open, public hearings on the Senate healthcare bill.

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Click to tweet and call senators that could decide whether we lose healthcare https://www.trumpcaretoolkit.org/

You can also sign the letter to tell Senate Republicans to #LetUsTestify before they vote on their bill.
http://act.savemycare.org/page/s/let-us-testify

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Oppose the repeal of important protections from Obama’s 2nd term
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 concern about the Midnight Rules Relief Act. It’s unethical for regulations enacted at the end of a president’s term to be subject to different rules for repeal. Congress must be separate from the executive branch. Please ask _SEN. NAME_ to vote against S. 34.

Read more here: https://govtrackinsider.com/midnight-rules-relief-act-would…
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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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•Stop the rollback of birth control coverage.
CALL:
Office of Budget and Management, Mick Mulvaney: 202.395.3080
Department of Health and Human Services, Tom Price: 202.205.5445

For Script, visit: 5calls.org

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•Oppose the detention and persecution of gay men in Chechnya.

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

SCRIPT: Hi. I’m from _ZIP_ and deeply concerned about the welfare of gay men in Chechnya. As I’m sure you know, the government is imprisoning and torturing them and has killed at least three. A resolution moved to the House floor to assert their human rights. Will _NAME_ please sign H. Res. 351?

Petition US companies to pressure Chechnya economically: http://iglhrc.nonprofitsoapbox.com/demand-stop-to-detention…

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•Thank Gov. Andrew Cuomo for forming the United States Climate Alliance and tell him that you appreciate his leadership, creativity, and priorities for a liveable planet.

CALL OR FAX Gov. Andrew Cuomo
Ph: 518.474.8390
Fax: 518.474.1513

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Oppose opening national monuments to energy development.

Visit: https://www.regulations.gov/document?D=DOI-2017-0002-0001, click dark blue Comment Now! button, upper right.

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

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

Turn it blue! Help phone bank and join the campaign to rebuild a progressive majority. https://www.codeblue.team
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•Oppose the US withdrawal from the Paris Climate Agreement

CALL
Rep: http://www.house.gov/representatives/find
Schumer: 202.224.6542
Gillibrand: 202.224.4451
Find script at 5calls.org
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•Tell your senators to vote against anything like the House health care bill.

Once you’ve called, the next step is to make a plan to attend a town hall. If your Senator or Member of Congress refuses to hold a town hall, I’m sure they’d love to see you show up at their district offices now that they’re on recess!

Schumer: 202.224.6542
Gillibrand: 202.224.4451
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•Oppose budget cuts to SNAP/food stamps.

CALL:
Rep: http://www.house.gov/representatives/find
Schumer: 202.224.6542
Gillibrand: 202.224.4451
Find script at 5calls.org
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•Sign up to text for Jon Ossoff in GA-06:
http://bit.ly/2rObwEH
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•Continue our fight for an independent commission (HR 356).

CALL: Rep: http://www.house.gov/representatives/find
Find script at 5calls.org

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•A Missouri State Representative, Rick Brattin, said that, “there is a distinction between homosexuality and just being a human being”: http://bit.ly/2qCd1kQ
Please share your perspective with Rep. Brattin: Missouri House of Representatives, 201 W Capitol Ave Rm 114-C, Jefferson City, MO, 65101

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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 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/2qHzhNk

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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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Tell Congress and the Department of Health and Human Services that our healthcare is not a political bargaining chip. Script and phone numbers available at: 5calls.org
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Although we got the special prosecutor we asked for, we still need a Watergate-style special committee. Keep up the pressure on our senators and reps!
http://bit.ly/2rtFq0X
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Easy Tweeting action! Tweet Trump and DeVos about their bad budget! http://bit.ly/2rL9Zvg
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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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Save the primates and sign the petition: http://bit.ly/2rtFjSU
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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 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/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.)