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Dr. Maya Angelou once said, “When people show you who they are, believe them the first time.”
Tell Democratic legislators to stay in session for the rest of the year so we can minimize the harm Republicans are planning to do after regaining power in the House. The FIRST thing Democrats must do before they lose their House majority is raise or eliminate the debt ceiling to protect our social safety net programs. Make sure your legislators hear you by calling daily!
Then they must pass bills to secure the democratic processes that we took for granted before Trump’s administration. This includes a bill to prevent Trump, or a similar GOP tyrant, from replacing a merit-based professional civil service with a “spoils” system started under Andrew Jackson that American history refers to as a”vast public evil.” His executive order lays in waiting, dormant, unless we take action now. The Electoral Count Reform Act would prevent electoral vote fiddling by clarifying the vice-president’s role along with a number of other ambiguous or chaotic rules.
Minimal script to your senators: I’m calling from [zip code] and I want Sen. [___] to stay in DC and spend every minute of available time working to RAISE or ELIMINATE THE DEBT CEILING NOW through budget reconciliation. Then, I want [him/her/them] to push through bills to protect the democratic processes that we took for granted before Trump’s administration, including S.4573 – Electoral Count Reform and Presidential Transition Improvement Act Act and S.4702 – Preventing a Patronage System (PPSA) Act of 2022Continue reading “Legislators! Raise or eliminate the debt ceiling, then put up guardrails to protect our democracy!”
Tell Democratic legilators to stay in session for the rest of the year so we can minimize the harm Republicans are planning to do with their regained power in the House. The GOP won’t just waste two years banging away at Hunter Biden – they have far more malicious and damaging plans, including chopping up social safety net programs. The first thing Democrats must do before they lose their House majority is raise the debt ceiling.
(Vox) “Addressing the debt ceiling, which essentially involves increasing the amount that the United States is able to borrow, is a routine congressional duty. Failing to do so would cause the US to default on its debt, triggering a global financial crisis. Recently, House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) suggested he’d be willing to risk such a crisis as speaker of the House, if doing so won the GOP serious spending cuts to climate and social programs.”
Make sure those who depend on these programs know the GOP’s intent and get them to start calling as well, no matter what their political affiliation.
Minimal script to your senators: I’m calling from [zip code] and I want Sen. [___] to stay in DC and spend every minute of available time pushing through important bills and minimize the harm the GOP intends to do. First, I demand that Senator [_____] work to RAISE or ELIMINATE THE DEBT CEILING NOW through budget reconciliation. (He/She/They) should not assume that the GOP will take the blame for the slicing and dicing of popular programs and economic chaos when Democrats HAVE A CHANCE TO FIX THIS NOW! Then I want [him/her/them] to concentrate on passing the following bills:Continue reading “Keep ’em in DC until they get their work done! #1 on the list – Raise or eliminate the debt ceiling!”
Corporations have hidden obscene price increases behind the inflation, affecting products from food to gas and raking in record profits. And unlike small businesses who could be prosecuted for price gouging during times of crisis, limited competition means there are no real market forces to stop the huge ones. But those profits are not enough for America’s oligarchs…
They are also demanding that Congress give them a new round of tax breaks before year’s end that could cost $100 billion over one year and up to $600 billion over 10 years―their true goal.
(Jezebel) “Former President Barack Obama campaigned in Georgia with Sen. Raphael Warnock (D) on Thursday to remind people of several things: that Warnock helped Democrats pass impactful legislation, that winning a 51st Senate seat matters, and, most importantly, that Republican nominee Herschel Walker is a clown.”Continue reading “GA Election is TUESDAY! Come out and fight for our future! Join a campaign for Warnock!”
While the American Rescue Plan prevents President Biden’s $10k student debt relief from being considered taxable income on federal tax returns until 2025, borrowers in seven states may have to pay state income tax on it, including CA residents.
Contact: Governor Gavin Newsom: email
Minimal script: Dear Governor Newsom, I was surprised to learn that our state was one of only seven that might tax Biden’s student debt relief as additional income. Most people who’ll qualify to have their debts forgiven are low income and many have struggled for decades to make their monthly payments. They shouldn’t have to worry about paying state taxes on the amount that’s forgiven. Please publicly announce that California, which is working to keep college costs down and to increase state financial aid for students, will exempt them from this additional financial burden.
Good news first!
Now, the issue...Continue reading “Email Newsom about state taxes on student debt relief and vetoing a bill that hurts our solar industry.”
It’s interesting to watch GOP crowds openly roar for a White Supremacy and Christian Nationalism vision of 1950’s “Father Knows Best” America. They have no idea that the oligarchs that fund their right-wing extremism, along with captive media shills and legislators, have no intention of returning us to that era, which included a 91% tax bracket for the wealthy and a +50% tax rate on corporations. Using flag-covered zealots as cover, they intend to regress us to a time when no laws or regulations impeded their single-minded drive for profit.
(Robert Reich) “They call themselves conservatives but that’s not it, either. They don’t want to conserve what we now have. They’d rather take the country backwards – before the 1960s and 1970s, and the Environmental Protection Act, Medicare, and Medicaid; before the New Deal, and its provision for Social Security, unemployment insurance, the forty-hour workweek, and official recognition of trade unions; even before the Progressive Era, and the first national income tax, antitrust laws, and Federal Reserve. They’re not conservatives. They’re regressives. And the America they seek is the one we had in the Gilded Age of the late nineteenth century.”
And they have a bill to get started…
This action may be edited throughout the day…FINAL RESULTS AFTER MIDNIGHT!
In case you missed the handout at Ventura’s own Pride Festival – you can catch up here!
Minimal script to your assemblymember: I’m calling from [zip code] and I want to[Assemblymember [___] to support and pass SB-107 – Gender-Affirming Health Care.
MORE INFORMATION!: This bill is heading to the Assembly floor! Amongst its provisions:Continue reading “UPDATE! Pride Weekend actions! Add your voice!”
“There’s a reason authoritarians target the bureaucracy. Once they have it under their control, they are better able to stifle dissent and criticism, reward friends and punish enemies, using the levers of government to maintain power.” – Donald Moynihan
“The liberty of a democracy is not safe if the people tolerated the growth of private power to a point where it becomes stronger than the democratic state itself. That in its essence is fascism: ownership of government by an individual, by a group, or any controlling private power.”
― Franklin D. Roosevelt