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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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]

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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 Dec. 4-10

Quote of the week:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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#ActionItem:
Advocate for our youngest citizens’ health.

CALL: Senator Schumer: 585.263.5866/202.224.6542
Senator Gillibrand: 585.263.6250/202.224.4451

SCRIPT: Hi. I’m from [ZIP], calling about funding for the Children’s Health Insurance Program. The Senate is dragging its feet and putting the health of 9 million kids at risk. What is Sen. [name] doing to reauthorize CHIP funding?

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#ActionItem:
Protect a free and open Internet

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

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

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

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

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

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#ActionItem:
Speak out against Roy Moore

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

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#ActionItem:
Download the Stance app, which makes calling elected officials easier and less stressful: http://www.takeastance.us/

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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

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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