Weekly Action Items


#ActionItem: Don’t miss this handy pocket guide of actions this week: http://bit.ly/2wMqcqT (Condemn the trans ban and the Arpaio pardon)

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#ActionItem: Advocate for two bills protecting the special counsel.

CALL: Senator Schumer: 585.263-5866/202.224.6542
Senator Gillibrand: 585.263.6250/202.224.4451

SCRIPT: Hi. I am calling because I approve of the special counsel investigation into Russia ties, and would like [name] to support two pieces of legislation that protect Robert Mueller from presidential dismissal. S. 1735 (sponsored by Sen. Graham) and S. 1741 (by Sen. Tillis) both check the president’s power. Which does [name] support? (pause) Will [name] co-sponsor one or both of these bipartisan efforts? Thank you.

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#ActionItem: Advocate for censuring the president for condoning racism.

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

SCRIPT: Hi. I am from [ZIP] and deeply concerned about the president’s apparent tolerance for white supremacist views in his cabinet and racist aggression in our communities. I am calling to request that [name] join with fellow House representatives in co-sponsoring H.Res 496, which censures the president for his handling of the Charlottesville violence. Can I count on [name] to sign it? (Note: Louise Slaughter is a co-sponsor)

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#ActionItem: Advocate for your frightened neighbors and oppose domestic terrorism.

CALL: Your state legislator http://bit.ly/2vi3vFT

SCRIPT: I am a constituent in [town] and inspired by the new legislation passed in Illinois classifying neo-Nazis as terror organizations. I would like [name] to author legislation like this in [state]. While I respect the right to free speech and assembly, our neighbors are terrified to walk down the street. [Name] can stop this. Would you like me to send the full text used in Illinois? Thank you. (Full text: http://bit.ly/2vXvb4w)

WRITE: Thank State Senator Don Harmon for introducing legislation that would identify neo-Nazi groups as terrorist organizations in Illinois. 329 Capitol Building, Springfield, IL 62706

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#ActionItem: Support S. 1425, the Coordinated Ocean Monitoring and Research Act, to reauthorize the Integrated Coastal and Ocean Observation System. (The ICOOS Act of 2009 created a national system for integrating data from all ocean, coastal, and Great Lakes areas, monitoring things like temperature and ocean acidification.)

CALL: Senator Schumer: 585.263-5866/202.224.6542
Senator Gillibrand: 585.263.6250/202.224.4451

SCRIPT: Hi, I’m [name] from [ZIP]. I’m calling today to ask [senator] to support S. 1425, the Coordinated Ocean Monitoring and Research Act. The ocean observation system established by the 2009 bill is an extremely valuable resource, and I want to see its work continue. As S. 1425 has passed committee and moved to the floor, do you know how [senator] intends to vote?

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#ActionItem: Sinclair Broadcasting is a heavily right-wing media company that is working to acquire Tribune Media. Sinclair has a blatant conservative bias and a history of overt favoritism toward Trump and Islamophobia. Although Congress imposed an audience cap of 39% on media companies, the FCC revived a loophole to help Sinclair skirt past the broadcast ownership rule and exceed restrictions on the number of broadcast stations it can own.

CALL: Ajit Pai, FCC Chairman, to oppose the merger: 202.418.1000

OR EMAIL: Ajit.Pai@fcc.gov
OR FAX: 1.866.418.0232
OR WRITE: Federal Communications Commission, 445 12th Street, SW, Washington, DC 20554
Read more: http://bit.ly/2wBWOmM

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#ActionItem: For those that can help, consider a donation to a Texas charity to support residents dealing with Hurricane Harvey: http://bit.ly/2wMbwb5

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#ActionItem: Sign up to volunteer for local races with the Monroe County Democratic Committee: http://bit.ly/2vXd0Mv

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#ActionItem: Sign up to text for Mark Herring, running for Attorney General in Virginia (Until 8/31): http://bit.ly/2hg3NLt

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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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