“It’s like the Christmas tree of goodies for voter suppression,” Democratic state Sen. Jen Jordan said on the Senate floor before the GOP-dominated legislature approved the “Election Integrity Act of 2021,” an omnibus bill containing the voter suppression bills HB531 and SB241. Georgia-based companies like Coca Cola, Delta Airlines, Home Depot, Aflac, UPS and Southern Company both supported the legislators behind this legislation and declined to speak out against them.
(guardian) “Georgia activists are calling for a statewide boycott of Coca-Cola… The call for the boycott, first reported by the Atlanta Journal Constitution, is coming from leaders of the sixth district of the AME church, which includes more than 500 Black churches in Georgia. Bishop Reginald Thomas Jackson, the presiding prelate, said that there had been a “deafening silence” around voting rights from Coca-Cola and other companies that had put out statements last year supporting the Black Lives Matter movement.
“Our position is they’ve not lived up to their own words. By your silence you’re actually being complicit. So we’re going to say to them, if you want our money, then you ought to have our back,” he said in an interview. He added that he expected other civil rights groups to join in the boycott calls soon.“
So, here we are…We all have an action and personal choices to make.
Make a call/send an email. Customize if you can.
Minimal script: Hi, I am an American citizen (from [state/city]) who cares about our democracy, and I was profoundly disappointed in your corporate support of recently passed voter-suppression legislation in Georgia. They even made handing voters bottled water, one of your products, a crime. Until your company speaks out in a meaningful way against this anti-democratic type of legislation, which is cropping up all over the country, I can no longer in good conscience support your company by purchasing your products and I will reach out on my social network to ask others to refrain from doing so as well.
Call your CA assemblymember to pass this bill to protect our whales and other marine mammals.
This video specifically references North Atlantic right whales, but the harm caused by traditional fishing gear to our own whales and other marine animals is exactly the same. And unnecessary.
On April 8th, the CA State Assembly Committee on Water, Parks and Wildlife, including our newly-elected Assemblymember Steve Bennett, will meet for the first time this year on an agenda that includes AB-534Fishing: ropeless fishing gear. The technology to protect our sea mammals from increasingly frequent rope entanglements and slow painful deaths already exists, and it has proven benefits for the fishing industry as well. So, please reach out to your own state assemblymember, and/or to the committee itself, to tell them that we want this bill to pass.
Minimal call script: I’m calling from [zip code] and I want Assemblymember [__] to support AB-534Fishing: ropeless fishing gear. (Add in any personal experiences you have with sea mammals…)
State Assemblymember Steve Bennett (CA-37): SAC (916) 319-2037, SB (805) 564-1649, VTA (805) 641-3700 email
Action #1: CallVP Kamala Harris and ask her to rule the filibuster unconstitutional.
Minimal Script: I’m [calling/writing] to ask VP Harris, as presiding officer of the Senate, to rule that the filibuster is unconstitutional. Its 60-vote supermajority requirement for the enactment of general legislation is in violation of Article V, the 17th Amendment and the constitutional presumption of majority rule as prescribed in the Constitution.
Letters/postcards: The White House, Office of the Vice President,1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W., Washington, DC 20500
Action #2: Tell your senators that we expect them to make changes now.
Minimal Script: I’m calling from [zip code] to let Sen. [___] know that I’ve just finished (calling/writing) Vice President Harris to ask her to rule the filibuster unconstitutional. The American public is done with the Senate’s dysfunctional legislative graveyard. This procedure must either be abolished, or substantially reformed, as it’s anti-democratic for a minority to be able to permanently block bi-partisan House legislation, especially bills related to basic democracy, like voting access and equal rights. I’m asking [him/her] to immediately engage in collaboration to reform the Senate from the legislative bottleneck it is now to a functioning body, which may include time limits, the “talking filibuster”, and majority-vote carve-outs for bills that reform and protect democracy.
Minimal script: I’m calling from [zip code] to [thank Rep./Sen. [___] for being/ask Rep./Sen. [___] to become] a cosponsor of [Rep. – HR.51/ Sen. – S.51] – Washington, D.C. Admission Act and ending this example of racial injustice in the very heart of our nation.
Additional script for Senators: I’m also requesting that Sen. [___] drop the filibuster for this bill, as there is no legitimate reason to deny full citizenship to 700,000 Americans citizens other than racism and partisanship, which we the people will no longer stand for.
More Actions to do!
Get DC-Statehood postcards to send to legislators:here.
We sent our legislators to Washington DC to make the reforms necessary to prevent another Trump from ever happening. We do not accept that an accidentally created and inherently undemocratic procedural rule will prevent bills from passing that ensure that the basics of democracy, like access to voting, representation, and equal rights for all, especially now that GOP-controlled state governments are on a spree of suppressive, anti-democratic legislation.
In September 2020, Sen. Dianne Feinstein stated: “I think the filibuster serves a purpose. It is not often used, it’s often less used now than when I first came, and I think it’s part of the Senate that differentiates itself.“
She is mistaken on the first part, as its use can be objectively quantified, which shows a dramatic rise since her senatorial debut.
However, she is correct in that the filibuster has distinguished the Senate – it has turned it into the strongest bulwark FOR racism in our government. Its use bedeviled civil rights legislation in the 1950’s, including anti-lynching bills; bills prohibiting poll taxes; and bills prohibiting discrimination in employment, housing, and voting.
Please call/send ONE of the messages below to Feinstein EACH DAY about a different bill that is faced with death-by-filibuster in the Senate. Senator Padilla is ALREADY ONBOARD. If you live in a state with GOP senators, use these scripts as well.
We need to get all Democratic representatives and senators onboard both bills as cosponsors quickly as possible! And the filibuster should be eliminated, at least for bills like this. There’s no reason the basic rights of the citizens of Washington DC should be held hostage to whether or not 60 Democrats are elected to the Senate.
253 voter suppression bills are not just happening in southern or midwestern states. California actually has two instances of “Bills Restricting Voting Access,“ according to the Brennan Center’s State Voting Bills Tracker. The GOP legislators behind them may just be suppression-signaling to their base, but a lot of mischief can happen when dull-titled legislation pass by without notice. (Note: If you don’t live in CA, check to see if your own state has bills on their suppression list.)
Action #1: First and everyday – Call your legislators to pass H.R.1/S.1!
The answer to these unAmerican voting suppression bills, along with the types of corruption in executive, legislative and judicial offices we saw under the Trump administration, is addressed in H.R.1/S.1.
SAYING AGAIN – WE ARE NOT THE ONLY ONES CALLING LEGISLATORS! From another Indivisible group member: “Just called Senator Padilla’s office at 202-224-3553. I got a staffer, who told me the office is getting lots of CON HR1 calls from the “Fox News brigade” (her words) after Fox personalities asked viewers to contact their MoCs to oppose especially HR1”.
Call/email your senators with scripts from here to get it done.
Action #2: Email your CA state legislators and tell them to vote “NO” on these bills.
Minimal script for email: I’m writing because I was shocked to see that the Brennan Center‘s State Voting Bills Tracker has identified two CA Senate bills that qualify under their category of “Bills Restricting Voting Access” – SB511 and SB597 (described below) and I would like Sen./Assemblymember [___] to vote against them.
Action #1: It’s been two years. Let’s get it done!
UPDATE: H.R. 6 JUST PASSED THE HOUSE ON 3/18! CAll and EMAIL scripts have been adjusted for senators.
We first published this post on March 14, 2019, almost exactly two years ago. Since then, the public’s support for Dreamers has continued to grow. Nancy Pelosi stated in 2020 – “Eighty percent of the American people support our Dreamers.” The Pew Research Center puts it at 3 out of 4. Let’s get this done.
H.R. 6 provides permanent protection and a path to citizenship to a possible 4,438,000 DREAMers, individuals eligible for Temporary Protected Status (TPS) or Deferred Enforced Departure (DED), and legal DREAMers eligible for permanent residence. Rep. Lucille Roybal-Allard, this version’s author, states: “This legislation would enable millions of undocumented young people to fulfill their God-given potential, give back to their communities, and ultimately obtain U.S. citizenship. It would also serve our national interest by reducing the deficit, contributing to our country’s economic growth, and enabling our armed services to meet their recruiting goals. I have introduced the newest version of this bill as HR 6, The Dream and Promise Act, which includes protections and a path to citizenship not just for Dreamers, but for Temporary Protected Status (TPS) and Deferred Enforced Departure (DED) beneficiaries as well.”
Minimal script– call: I’m calling from [zip code] to ask Sen. [___] to support H.R. 6 – The “American Dream and Promise Act of 2021.” I’m also asking that in the interests of racial justice, [he/she] eliminate criminalization bars and other barriers to relief from this legislation, as they are counter to the purpose of the Dream and Promise Act, which is to protect ALL immigrant youth from deportation.
Minimal script for DEM. senators: I’m calling from [zip code] to thank Sen. [___] for cosponsoring and supporting S.1– For the People Act. Please ask the senator to be prepared to use a targeted filibuster to pass this bill and others related to the basic foundations of our democracy, such as H.R.4 – The John R. Lewis Voting Rights Act and H.R. 51 – Washington DC Admission Act. Also, please ask [him/her] to include these best practices for more secure and transparent elections in the bill:
PAPER BALLOTS: Clarify that every voter shall be offered an Hand-Marked Paper Ballots (HMPB) when voting in person.
NO BARCODES:Remove barcodes for recording votes, as their information can’t be verified by the voter.
POST PUBLICLY: Scanned images of paper ballots shall be preserved as publicly accessible records.
AUDIT: Routine independent audits of all federal elections in addition to Risk Limiting Audits (RLAs)
STANDARDIZE RECOUNTS: Public 100% hand count of every federal race with margins of 1% or less.
Minimal call script: I’m calling from [zip code] and I want Rep./Sen. [___] to use your power under the Congressional Review Act (CRA) to revoke racist, destructive and corrupt rules from the Trump regime. This is an urgent issue, as I understand you only have 60 legislative days to do this. Please revoke the following:
Independent Contractor Status Under the FLSA
Increasing Consistency and Transparency in Considering Benefits and Costs in the Clean Air Act Rulemaking Process
Fair Access to Financial Services
(Speak slowly, so the staffer can get the names down. Explanations on these rules below.)