Thurs 7/5: Tweet the collaborators of our puppet president – and make these 3 important calls on voting bills.

Rebecca Solnit’s article: One year on, Donald Trump is still an illegitimate president.

#1 -“I asked our friends in Russia not to interfere in our elections this year,” Sen. Kennedy (R-LA) said.

OMG, so much wrong in one sentence! Seven GOP senators and zero Democrats went to Moscow, without any American media, to ask, hats in hands, for Russia not to destroy our electoral process…After Putin was “too busy” to see them, Duma member Vyascheslav Nikonov stated that this meeting “was one of the easiest ones in my life.”  The issue of election interference was resolved quickly because “the question was raised in a general form.” “One shouldn’t interfere in elections — well, we don’t interfere,” Nikonov said.

Yeah, we can see  “interfere” being too soft a term for the Russians. After all, they are proud of getting their favorite candidate elected.

Meanwhile, back where reporters are watching, GOP Senator Richard Burr quietly issued the current report from the Senate Intelligence Committee on Russian involvement in the 2016 election right before the 4th of July holiday. Spoiler alert – Yeah, they did…

Action: Tweet the following: (@SenJohnKennedy (LA), @SenShelby (AL),  @SteveDaines (MT), @SenJohnHoeven (ND), @SenJohnThune (SD), @JerryMoran (KS), and @RepKayGranger (TX)) to relocate their patriotism and their backbones and remember that the Russians are not our friends. We also do not approve of the following actions that advance Russia’s agenda:

#2 – “YES” on the bipartisan “Voting Rights Advancement Act.”  (S1419/H.R.2978)- Thank ALL of our legislators!

The Voting Rights Advancement Act  S1419/HR 2978 would require states that have passed restrictive voting laws that disproportionately affect minority and low-income Americans to seek approval from the Department of Justice before making any further changes.

The original 1965 Voting Rights Act was struck down five years ago by the Supreme Court because the court majority felt that the 41-year-old “coverage” formula to determine which states were affected was out-of-date, and hence, unconstitutional. The new bill creates a new formula using only the last 25 years of voting history, but puts the original 13 violators – Alabama, Georgia, Mississippi, Texas, Louisiana, Florida, South Carolina, North Carolina, Arkansas, Arizona, California!!!, New York, and Virginia, on a ten-year “parole”. With a clean record, they then can be removed from the list.

It also would review state laws that require photo IDs to vote and that reduce multilingual voting materials. It would also allow federal courts to intervene in the event questionable voting practices were employed.

Minimal script: I’m calling from [zip code] and would like [name] to support the bipartisan Voting Rights Advancement Act (H.R. 2978/S.1419) which ensures that every American can fulfill their responsibility to vote. Thank Feinstein and Harris, both cosponsors

Contact:
Rep. Julia Brownley: email
or Rep. Salud Carbajal: email
Senator Feinstein: email
and Senator Harris: email
Other Contacts: http://www.phoneyourrep.com

#3 – “YES” to Weekend Voting – HR-5989

Voting rights and voter suppression are the most crucial issues facing our democracy today. Holding elections on Tuesdays voting hard for working-class people, young people, and working parents. U.S. Representative Brendan Boyle recently introduced the Weekend Voting Act (HR-5989) to change Election Day from Tuesday to Saturday and Sunday. This would increase voter turnout and make it so that no one has to choose between wages, childcare, or voting.

Minimal script: I’m calling from [zip code] to urge Rep. [___] to cosponsor the Weekend Voting Act (HR 5089).

More script if you want it: This bill will increase turnout and make it so that no one has to choose between wages, childcare, or voting.

Check here if your Rep. is already a cosponsor of H.R.5989. (Brownley and Carbajal haven’t signed yet.)

Contact:
Rep. Julia Brownley: (CA-26): DC (202) 225-5811, Oxnard (805) 379-1779, T.O. (805) 379-1779
or Rep. Salud Carbajal: (CA-24): DC (202) 225-3601, SB (805) 730-1710 SLO (805) 546-8348

#4 – “YES” to Same-Day Voter Registration (H.R.1044/S3.60)

California already has same day registration. Let’s help everyone else to get it too. The Same Day Registration Act (H.R.1044 /S.360) would allow eligible voters to register to vote on Election Day. This would nullify the GOP’s blatant voter suppression laws, so even if people are purged from the voter rolls, they could register on the spot on Election Day!  Right now 15 states and the District of Columbia allow same-day registration so that people can register and vote all in one place. But we need laws that protect every single eligible U.S. voter, in every state.

Minimal script: I’m calling from [zip code] to urge Senator [__]/ Rep [__] to cosponsor the Same Day Registration Act. (Rep’s – H.R.1044 /Senators – S.360)

More script if you want it: This bill will take one more hassle out of voting by allowing same-day registration, so people can register and vote all in one place at one time.

Check  here if your Rep. is already a cosponsor of H.R.1044. (Brownley and Carbajal haven’t signed yet.)

Check here  if your Senator is already a cosponsor of S.360 . (Feinstein and Harris haven’t signed yet.)

Contact:
Rep. Julia Brownley: (CA-26): DC (202) 225-5811, Oxnard (805) 379-1779, T.O. (805) 379-1779
or Rep. Salud Carbajal: (CA-24): DC (202) 225-3601, SB (805) 730-1710 SLO (805) 546-8348
Senator Feinstein: DC (202) 224-3841, LA (310) 914-7300, SF (415) 393-0707, SD (619) 231-9712, Fresno (559) 485-7430
and Senator Harris: DC (202) 224-3553, LA (213) 894-5000, SAC (916) 448-2787, Fresno (559) 497-5109, SF (415) 355-9041, SD (619) 239-3884
Other Contacts: http://www.phoneyourrep.com

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