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:

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

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

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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
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