Weekly Action Items

 

 

 

 

 

 

Quote of the week:

“Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.”
—Martin Luther King, Jr.
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#ActionItem:
Denounce the final version of the GOP tax bill. All GOP House Reps except Donovan (NY), Faso (NY), Frelinghuysen (NJ), Issa (CA), Jones (NC), King (NY), Lance (NJ), LoBiondo (NJ), Rohrabacher (CA), Smith (NJ), Stefanik (NY), and Zeldin (NY) supported the bill.

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 calling from [TOWN/ZIP].

[IF CALLING A DEMOCRAT OR GOP DEFECTOR: I’m calling to thank [REP NAME] for their hard work opposing the GOP tax plan. I ask they continue to fight for and to attempt to undo the harm this bill will soon cause.

[IF CALLING A SENATE GOP/MOST HOUSE GOP supporter: I’m calling to denounce [REP’S NAME] vote on the tax bill. It is a shameful handout to corporations and the wealthy on the backs of the middle class. I will remember this vote next November when I vote in the mid-term elections.

Thank you for your time answering the phones.
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#ActionItem:
Support the Alexander-Murray ACA Stablization Bill

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
Andrew M. Cuomo D-NY: 518.474.8390

Hi, my name is [NAME] and I’m a constituent from [TOWN/ZIP]

[IF CONGRESS] I’m calling to support the Alexander-Murray bill to stabilize the individual insurance market. Now that Republicans have repealed the ACA’s individual mandate, this bill is more critical than ever to keep exchange premium prices affordable.

[IF GOVERNOR] I’m calling to urge the governor to support the Alexander-Murray bill to ensure access to affordable insurance in [YOUR STATE]. We must protect our most vulnerable citizens, and the bipartisan Alexander-Murray bill is the first step necessary to stabilize the individual healthcare market.

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:
Demand Congress Oppose A Mueller Firing

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 [ZIP].

[IF CALLING SENATE] I’m calling to urge Senator _____ to support S.1735, the Special Counsel Independence Protection Act, and make a public statement that the firing of Special Counsel Mueller by Trump would be completely unacceptable. It’s the duty of Congress to serve as a check on Trump and prevent him from sending our democracy into a tailspin.

[IF CALLING HOUSE] I’m calling to urge Rep. ______ to make a public statement that the firing of Special Counsel Mueller by Trump would be completely unacceptable. It’s the duty of Congress to serve as a check on Trump and prevent him from sending our democracy into a tailspin.

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:
Advocate for our youngest, most vulnerable 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 to ask [name] to fund the Children’s Health Insurance Program. It’s had 19 years of bipartisan support. The delay in authorizing its funding now puts the health of 9 million kids at risk. What is Sen. [name] doing to assure CHIP funding in New York?
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#ActionItem:
Oppose anti-equality lifetime judicial appointments.

CALL: Senator Schumer: 585.263.5866/202.224.6542
Senator Gillibrand: 585.263.6250/202.224.4451
OR Text RESIST to 50409 or message Resistbot on Facebook

SCRIPT: Dear Sen. [name], I’m a constituent writing to express my opposition to several lifetime judicial appointments: Damien Schiff and Matthew Kacsmaryk for their well-documented histories of opposing women’s health, equality for LGBTQ citizens, and marriage equality, and Charles Goodwin for his ABA rating of “not qualified,” which identifies him as biased and unfit to serve. Thank you for voting against these nominees to support basic civil rights.

Read more: http://bit.ly/2yTr0Xnhttp://bit.ly/2yTjg7P
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#ActionItem:
Fight The Rollback of Net Neutrality Protections

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
Attorney General Eric Schneiderman: 518.776.2000

Hi, my name is [NAME] and I’m a constituent from [TOWN/ZIP].

[IF CONGRESS]: I’m calling to express my strong disapproval of the FCC’s move to roll back the 2015 net neutrality protections. I ask that Senator Eric Schneiderman immediately work to use the Congressional Review Act to reverse this decision and preserve a free, open Internet that’s equally accessible to all.

[IF ATTORNEY GENERAL] I’m calling to thank the Attorney General for joining the lawsuit against the FCC for their rollback of 2015 net neutrality protections.
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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 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

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

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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#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

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
•To sign up for our weekly newsletter, event notifications, weekly action item blast, and general announcements, please visit: http://bit.ly/2rV9Id

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

Weekly Action Items


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

Featured actions include:
•Urging Congress to pass DACA
•Helping those impacted by Hurricanes Harvey and Irma
•Stand against the pardoning of Joe Arpaio
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#ActionItem: Prevent the deportation of nonviolent undocumented immigrants

Call: 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 strong opposition to H.R.3697, the so-called “Criminal Alien Gang Member Removal Act,” which would label many non-violent undocumented immigrants as gang members and give the Department of Homeland Security the power to deport them without challenge. Rep. [Name] must vote NO on this undemocratic and immoral bill.

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: Maintain enforcement of Title IX Sexual Assault Protections

Call: Department of Education – 800.872.5327

Script:

Hi, my name is [NAME] and I’m a concerned constituent from [Town/Zip].

I’m calling to urge Secretary DeVos to maintain the critical Title IX (Title 9) 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.

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: Stop Budget Cuts to Clean Air and Water.

Congress is considering budget and appropriations bills that would decimate budgets for the EPA and Dept of Interior. These cuts would threaten your clean air, water, climate, and public lands.

Email your members of Congress to oppose cuts that threaten our environment!

More info and email form: http://bit.ly/2gXDbPI
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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: Oppose the GOP’s last-ditch efforts to repeal the ACA:

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].

I’m calling to express my strong opposition to the Graham-Cassidy ACA repeal plan. Any plan that eliminates Medicaid expansion and fails to guarantee affordable coverage for low-income Americans is unacceptable. The American people want a bipartisan approach to repairing the ACA, not a repeal for 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]
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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: For those that can help, consider a donation to a Texas charity to support residents dealing with Hurricane Harvey. This list gives multiple options and tips: 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: 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

Weekly Action Items


As the summer comes to a close, here are some tips for keeping action items to a manageable level:

•Pick one or two that are dire or you feel the most passionate about
•Select one item to tackle each day
•If you think there’s an issue not getting attention, let us know on Facebook or through email!

If you can do them all, that’s great! But we understand it can be overwhelming. With all that said, we need as many voices as we can get, so here’s this week’s action items!
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#ActionItem: Don’t miss this handy pocket guide of actions this week: http://bit.ly/2wzrTGA

Featured actions include:
•Protecting DACA
•Follow the March Against White Supremacy.
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#ActionItem: Defend undocumented childhood immigrants with the DREAM Act.

CALL: Senator Schumer: 585.263-5866/202.224.6542
Senator Gillibrand: 585.263.6250/202.224.4451
Rep: http://www.house.gov/representatives/find

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

[IF CALLING SENATE]: I’m calling to express my support for S. 1615, the DREAM Act, and the thousands of Dreamers who contribute to our society. I urge [SENATOR NAME] to support this legislative solution to protecting the DACA program and the hundreds of thousands of people who rely on it for access to jobs, education, and security.

[IF CALLING HOUSE]: I’m calling to express my support for H.R. 3591, the American Hope Act, and the thousands of Dreamers who contribute to our society. I urge [REP NAME] to support this legislative solution to protecting the DACA program and the hundreds of thousands of people who rely on it for access to jobs, education, and security.

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: Prioritize hurricane relief over all funding.
SCRIPT:

Hi, my name is [NAME] and I’m a constituent from [TOWN/ZIP].

I’m calling today to ask [SENATOR NAME] to set partisan issues aside to pass a robust Hurricane Harvey disaster relief fund and oppose any spending on a US-Mexico border wall. It would be unconscionable to prioritize funding for an unnecessary construction project over hurricane relief aid for thousands of Americans.

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: Oppose climate change denier Jeffrey Bossert Clark for top environmental prosecutor

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].

I’m calling to oppose Jeffrey Bossert Clark for Assistant Attorney General for the DOJ Environmental and Natural Resources Division. Clark is a climate change denier whose opposition to environmental regulations and protections makes him unsuitable for the role of enforcing America’s environmental laws.

Thank you so much for your time.
[IF LEAVING A VOICEMAIL: please leave your full street address to ensure your call is tallied]
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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: For those that can help, consider a donation to a Texas charity to support residents dealing with Hurricane Harvey. This list gives multiple options and tips: 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: 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

•For more actions, go to 5calls.org

Weekly Action Items

 

 

 

 

#ActionItem: Don’t miss this handy pocket guide of actions this week (BLM needs your help; continue to speak out against Senate healthcare bill!): http://bit.ly/2tivlFQ
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#ActionItem: Tell Secretary Zinke: No Drilling in Our Oceans! Sign the petition, tweet, or donate: http://bit.ly/2t4ToTI
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#ActionItem: Oppose DeVos’ attempt to dismantle protections for campus rape victims.

CALL:
Senator Schumer: 585.263-5866/202.224.6542
Senator Gillibrand: 585.263.6250/202.224.4451
Rep: http://www.house.gov/representatives/find

SCRIPT: Hi, I’m from [ZIP], and I’m concerned Betsy DeVos is considering dismantling Title IX (nine) and protections for survivors of sexual violence. Where does [name] stand on Title IX and campus sexual violence? Can I count on his/her support of S. 856 (Senate) / H.R. 1949 (House)? Thank you.
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#ActionItem: Sign up to volunteer for voter registration events. The most immediate ones coming up are:

•Friday July 21, 2017 – 5:30pm – 8:00pm Puerto Rico Latino Night @ the Public Market

•Saturday July 29, 2017 – 11am-5:30pm Puerto Rican Festival Agency Fair
To volunteer please contact: actiontogetherroc@gmail.com 
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#ActionItem: Support net neutrality and oppose slow-loading Internet and blocked sites. WRITE: To the FCC on their comment page, proceeding 17-108. (Go to the left side and click “+New Filing”) http://bit.ly/2r5wwat

SCRIPT: When I pay for Internet service, I expect protection from data discrimination, privacy invasion, and access restrictions. FCC Chairman Pai’s proposal risks my rights as a citizen. Corporations won’t do the right thing. I want the FCC to uphold all existing Title II net neutrality rules. Thanks.
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#ActionItem: Oppose a bill that will increase dependence on fossil fuels.

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

SCRIPT: Hi, I’m from [ZIP] and very concerned about S. 1460, the massive energy bill being rushed through the Senate. It’s opposed by conservation, water, farming, and even industry groups because it increases our country’s dependence on fossil fuels. I’m asking that Sen. [name] oppose this outdated bill and focus on clean, renewable energy.
Read more: http://bit.ly/2uAUADj
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#ActionItem: Stand up for DACA kids.
SIGN: petition to support immigrant youth: http://bit.ly/2jn1aqf
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#ActionItem: Oppose healthcare plan exemptions for Members of Congress.|

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

SCRIPT: Hi. I’m from [ZIP] calling to express my outrage that senators would exempt themselves from the same healthcare plan they plan to impose on the public. Not only is this unethical, but the optics are awful. I want [name] to publicly oppose this exemption and strip it from the bill. Thank you.
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#ActionItem: Advocate for our transgender servicepeople.

WRITE: Sec. Jim Mattis, 1400 Defense Pentagon, Washington, DC 20301-1400
SCRIPT: I support our transgender troops. All military servicepeople who want to serve our country deserve respect, not delays.
Read more: http://wapo.st/2tivwB3
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#ActionItem: Oppose the appointment of torture supporter, Steven G. Bradbury.

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 Steven Bradbury for attorney in the Trump Administration. We need moral, moderate candidates. Those who work to violate civil rights and support torture are too extreme for our government. Thanks.
SIGN PETITION: http://bit.ly/2u1hjoW
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#ActionItem: Win seats in 2018. Advocate for bipartisan Voting Rights Amendment.

CALL: Rep: http://www.house.gov/representatives/find

SCRIPT: Hi. I’m calling to ask Rep. [name] to support the bipartisan bill called the Voting Rights Amendment Act. It matters to me because the bill prevents racial discrimination and improves transparency. I would like [name] to support voting rights and cosponsor this bipartisan bill. Thanks.
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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

Weekly Action Items

• Don’t miss this handy pocket guide of actions this week: http://bit.ly/2sOIxRK

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•Ask Democratic senators to use legislative actions to stop AHCA

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 the Senate healthcare bill. I know my Senator will vote to oppose it, but the process needs to slow and open hearings on the bill must happen. I would like [name] to “withhold consent” on all Senate business and to “filibuster by amendment.” I know these seem extreme, but tens of thousands of lives are at stake if the AHCA passes. Is Sen. [name] willing to take these measures?

Bonus action: Complete this form from Indivisible: https://www.ouramendments.org/

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•Sign up to volunteer for voter registration events. The most immediate ones coming up are:
Friday, June 30 or Saturday, July 1: @ Keeler Park (2-3 volunteers needed)
Saturday, July 8: 2 p.m. @ Puerto Rico Pageant, St. John Fisher College (2-3 volunteers needed)

To volunteer please contact: actiontogetherroc@gmail.com

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•Advocate for strict sanctions against Russia.

CALL:
Call: Senator Schumer: 585.263-5866/202.224.6542
Senator Gillibrand: 585.263.6250/202.224.4451
Rep: http://www.house.gov/representatives/find

SCRIPT:
Script: Hi. I’m from [ZIP] and am calling to support strong sanctions against Russia for their aggressive actions during our country’s elections last fall. When I see legislators trying to weaken sanctions, I fear for my country’s future. This is not a Republican or Democratic issue. This is about protecting our country from foreign aggression. Will [name] work hard to penalize Russia for their actions?

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

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•Tues 6/27, Wed 6/28: Make calls to Planned Parenthood supporters to stop the Senate from defunding PP. Sign up here: https://docs.google.com/…/1FAIpQLSfYnlb7VsNTXmJ5xR…/viewform

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•Advocate for open, frequent press briefings.
CALL: The White House Comment line 202.456.1111 (or email: https://www.whitehouse.gov/contact/).

SCRIPT: Hi. I am concerned about the lack of open press briefings at the White House. I think a free press is essential to our democracy. I would like open, televised briefings from the president on a regular basis. Thank you.

CALL/EMAIL: A news outlet you subscribe to or watch (list: http://www.nytix.com/Links/…/articles/newsmediacontacts.html).

SCRIPT: Hi. I’m a subscriber/viewer and am concerned about the lack of open press briefings at the White House. I think a free press is essential to our democracy. Can you tell me what [org] is doing about this issue?

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•Advocate for patients’ rights against corporate abuse.

CALL: Rep: http://www.house.gov/representatives/find
SCRIPT: Hi, I’m from [ZIP] calling about HR 1215 which intends to strip patients’ rights and increase medical corporations’ protections from lawsuits. When it comes to medical neglect, abuse, and malpractice, patients rights need to come first. Does Rep. [name] support violating the 7th Amendment of the US Constitution? Please ask him/her to vote against HR 1215.

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•Encourage the NYS Assembly to support the Green Light bill (A4050) that would provide drivers’ licenses to undocumented workers.

CALL: Your NYS Assemblymember: http://nyassembly.gov/mem/search/
SCRIPT: Hi, I’m calling from [ZIP] to ask __ to please support Bill A4050 and to move it out of the Transportation Committee.

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•Advocate for the rights of Americans and for civility toward immigrants.

CALL: Gov. Andrew Cuomo
Ph: 518.474.8390

SCRIPT: I am deeply concerned about ICE’s increasing aggression in our communities throughout the state. In Virginia, for example, ICE is stopping legal citizens to ask for proof of citizenship because of how they look. This creates a hostile environment for citizens and immigrants–and makes us all less safe. I am calling to request that Gov. Cuomo contact Homeland Security Sec. Kelly and express his/her desire to “insure domestic tranquility.”

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•Curtail gerrymandering

CALL: Rep: http://www.house.gov/representatives/find
Script: I’m from [ZIP] and support fair voting and efforts to stop racially discriminatory gerrymandering. Although this issue is going to the Supreme Court, I’m calling to ask you to support HB711 to address this issue legislatively.

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•Help deprive Breitbart.com of advertising revenue. If you’re on Twitter, Sleeping Giants has instructions on how you can help.

Visit: https://pbs.twimg.com/media/DC9ey3kUQAAGdJL.jpg

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•Advocate for a Police Accountability Board. More details and instructions here: http://surjroc.org/take-action/

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

Weekly Action Items

Don’t miss out on this handy pocket guide of actions: http://bit.ly/2sW0F9t
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Advocate for healthcare. A senate vote is imminent.

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

SCRIPT: Hi. I’m from _ZIP_ calling to ask _SEN. NAME_ to fight for my right to affordable, quality healthcare coverage. Specifically, (list what you want). Ideas:
1. No gender discrimination and no lifetime caps.
2. Access to reproductive medicine without cost.
3. Coverage for all pre-existing conditions.
4. Cost less than $X per month per person.
5. Comprehensive Medicare and Medicaid.

Most importantly, share why this is personally significant to you.

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Insist on an open hearing of the senate healthcare bill.
CALL OR FAX:
Sen. Orrin Hatch, SFC office
Ph: 202.224.4515
Fax 202.228.0554

SCRIPT: I am calling Sen. Hatch in his capacity as the chair of the Senate Finance Committee. The Senate’s current approach to the healthcare issue appears secretive, manipulative, and undemocratic. Democracy thrives with discussion, cooperation, and compromise. As a consumer of healthcare services, I’m asking Sen. Hatch to conduct open, public hearings on the Senate healthcare bill.

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Click to tweet and call senators that could decide whether we lose healthcare https://www.trumpcaretoolkit.org/

You can also sign the letter to tell Senate Republicans to #LetUsTestify before they vote on their bill.
http://act.savemycare.org/page/s/let-us-testify

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Oppose the repeal of important protections from Obama’s 2nd term
CALL:
Senator Schumer: 585.263-5866/202.224.6542
Senator Gillibrand: 585.263.6250/202.224.4451

SCRIPT: Hi. I’m from _ZIP_ calling to express my concern about the Midnight Rules Relief Act. It’s unethical for regulations enacted at the end of a president’s term to be subject to different rules for repeal. Congress must be separate from the executive branch. Please ask _SEN. NAME_ to vote against S. 34.

Read more here: https://govtrackinsider.com/midnight-rules-relief-act-would…
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Support equal rights for your LGBTQ+ friends and family

CALL:
Senator Schumer 585.263.5866/202.224.6542
Senator Gillibrand: 585.263.6250/202.224.4451
Rep: http://www.house.gov/representatives/find

SCRIPT: Hi. I’m from _ZIP_ calling to express my support for equal rights for the LGBTQ community. Can you tell me if _NAME_ plans to support The Equality Act of 2017? (Senate: S.1006 / House: H.R. 2282)

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•Stop the rollback of birth control coverage.
CALL:
Office of Budget and Management, Mick Mulvaney: 202.395.3080
Department of Health and Human Services, Tom Price: 202.205.5445

For Script, visit: 5calls.org

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•Oppose the detention and persecution of gay men in Chechnya.

CALL: Rep: http://www.house.gov/representatives/find

SCRIPT: Hi. I’m from _ZIP_ and deeply concerned about the welfare of gay men in Chechnya. As I’m sure you know, the government is imprisoning and torturing them and has killed at least three. A resolution moved to the House floor to assert their human rights. Will _NAME_ please sign H. Res. 351?

Petition US companies to pressure Chechnya economically: http://iglhrc.nonprofitsoapbox.com/demand-stop-to-detention…

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•Thank Gov. Andrew Cuomo for forming the United States Climate Alliance and tell him that you appreciate his leadership, creativity, and priorities for a liveable planet.

CALL OR FAX Gov. Andrew Cuomo
Ph: 518.474.8390
Fax: 518.474.1513

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Oppose opening national monuments to energy development.

Visit: https://www.regulations.gov/document?D=DOI-2017-0002-0001, click dark blue Comment Now! button, upper right.

SCRIPT: I am writing in response to executive order 13792. (Share how you use or enjoy national monuments, and why you want these spaces to be preserved.)

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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

This week’s: POCKET GUIDE OF ACTIONS: http://bit.ly/2oPVdqh
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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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Protect National Parks and Monuments from Trump’s EO – Hearing is 5/2

CALL:
Ryan Zinke, Secretary of the US Department of Interior: 202.208.7351
House Committee on Natural Resources: 202.225.2761

Go to 5calls.org for script
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•Keep calling your congressional house and senate reps and demand an independent investigation into Russia.

CHECK out our handy pocket guide for the various entities you can put pressure on: http://bit.ly/2oPVdqh

CALL:
Schumer; 202.224.6542
Gillibrand: 202.224.4451
Rep: http://www.house.gov/representatives/find/
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•Oppose Jay Clayton as Chairman of the Securities and Exchange Commission – Vote-5/2

CALL:Schumer; 202.224.6542
Gillibrand: 202.224.4451

Go to 5calls.org for script
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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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Sign your name and help save Planned Parenthood from being defunded.
http://bit.ly/2onQATS
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Sign up for People Power:

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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•Join your local code blue and rebuild a progressive voting majority:https://www.codeblue.team

Join Swing Left and help swing districts turn blue: https://swingleft.org/|

•Go to 5calls.org for more action items