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 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

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