Weekly Action Items

#ActionItem: Don’t miss this handy pocket guide of actions this week: http://bit.ly/2wH9Dcl

#ActionItem: Stand with Charlottesville.

ATTEND a vigil: http://bit.ly/2vuOCTL

DONATE to a Charlottesville non-profit: http://bit.ly/2hY7mGK

SIGN: Governor Cuomo’s petition: http://on.ny.gov/2vBldWt

CALL your Members of Congress to urge them to demand that white nationalists Steve Bannon, Steve Miller, and Seb Gorka be fired from the White House staff.

Talking points: This is [NAME] and I’m a constituent in [ZIP].
I am horrified by the rise of white supremacy in America.
White supremacists say they believe Trump is supportive of their views and see Bannon, Miller, and Gorka as their advocates in the White House.
It is intolerable to have these men remain as White House advisers. A divided country can never heal until they are removed.
I urge [Sen/Rep____] to demand that Bannon, Miller and Gorka be dismissed from the White House.

#ActionItem: Oppose forcing people to pay to vote.

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

SCRIPT: Hi. I’m from [ZIP] and concerned about H.R. 2090, requiring all citizens to provide ID before voting. Some Americans can’t afford two hours off work to get to a distant center. This law amounts to a poll tax penalizing the poorest Americans. Can I count on [name] to vote against supposed Election Integrity Act?

#ActionItem: Think 2018. Advocate for elections that are free of foreign hacking.

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

SCRIPT: Hi. I’m from [ZIP] and concerned about a second foreign hacking in the next election cycle. I would like [name] to co-sponsor H.R. 1562, the SAFE Act, which makes elections more secure. Can I count on his/her support for this bill? (Note: Louise Slaughter is a co-sponsor. Thank her!)

TWEET committee chairs and ranking members: Visualize our 2018 #midterms free of Russian hacking. Keep H.R. 1562 moving, @BarbaraComstock @RepLipinski @GreggHarper @RepBrady.

#ActionItem: Advocate for daily press briefings.

CALL: Ask your 1 rep to support H.R.3228 for bi-weekly press briefings.

WRITE: A postcard to either of the staff below:
Chief of Staff John Kelly 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20500
Atty. General Jeff Sessions 950 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20530-0001

SCRIPT: The American people want to know what is happening at the White House. We are tired of leaks, tweets, and rumors. If this president wants respect, we must see transparency in daily press briefings.

#ActionItem: Oppose new legislation that restricts access to abortion.

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

Script: I am calling from [ZIP] to express concern about two anti-abortion bills. H.R. 7 has just passed in the House and moves to the Senate to pull all funding for legal abortion in the US. Secondly, S. 231 would modify the 14th Amendment and define life as beginning at conception. I strongly oppose both of these bills and want [name] to do the same.

#ActionItem: Defend Title IX Guidelines for Campus Sexual Assault

CALL: Betsy Devos, Department of Education 202.401.3000
Eric Schneiderman: 518.776.2000

SCRIPT: Hi, my name is [NAME] and I’m from [ZIP].

[IF DEPT of ED] I’m calling to urge Secretary DeVos to maintain the critical Title IX protections for survivors of campus sexual assault as guided by the 2011 Dear Colleague Letter. This is a serious and troubling epidemic, and it is vital that schools maintain strong policy guidelines to protect its vulnerable students.

[IF NYS AG] I’m calling to thank the Attorney General for signing the letter opposing any rollback of Title 9 college campus sexual assault protections by the Department of Education, and I encourage the Attorney General to keep fighting against this serious and troubling epidemic. Thank you for your time and attention.

[IF LEAVING A VOICEMAIL: Please leave your full street address to ensure your call is tallied.]

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

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

#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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