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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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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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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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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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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