Your voice is powerful. Use it to make a difference with these 5 actions!

5 actions! Seriously?! Yep! But they’ve all got easy scripts for you to follow and won’t take more than 30 seconds each.

  • Action #1: Federal Action – CALL the White House NOW and Urge President Biden to Use the Bully Pulpit to Pass S.1 – For the People Act
  • Action #2: Federal action – Call Feinstein EVERY DAY(!) until the S.1 – For the People Act passes the Senate.
  • Action #3: State Action – CALL your state senator to pass the VISION Act.
  • Action #4: State Action – CALL your state assemblymember to pass SB2 – Kenneth Ross Jr. Police Decertification Act of 2021.
  • Action #5: State Action – Dark money smackdown – Call out two assemblymembers for misusing their power.

Action #1: Federal Action – CALL the White House NOW and Urge President Biden to Use the Bully Pulpit to Pass S.1 – For the People Act

Pick an option that works for you, or make your own…

Call script option 1: In his Philadelphia speech, the President told the country about the danger to our democracy: “the most significant test of our democracy since the Civil War” Since that’s the threat, he needs to do much more.
He needs to use the bully pulpit to push for filibuster reform so that the Senate can pass S.1. The choice is simple: keep the filibuster as it is, or save democracy. We elected him so he could make the right choice.

Call script option 2: (from Center for Common Ground)
Hi, my name is [NAME], and I’m calling from [CITY, STATE]. I’m calling to urge President Biden to do everything in his power to protect our freedom to vote by pressuring the Senate to overcome the filibuster and pass the S.1 – For The People Act and the John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act. These bills are common-sense reforms to unrig our political system and make sure the voices of the American people are heard. Thank you.

Call script option 3: (from Jessica Craven of Chop Wood, Carry Water):
I voted for President Biden, and am grateful for all he’s doing, but I’m calling to ask him to do much more to pressure Democrats in Congress to pass voting rights legislation—namely HR1 the For the People Act and HR4 the John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act. And I want him to vocally support abolishing or reforming the filibuster to get this done. If we don’t protect our ability to vote now we will never get this chance again.

Contact: 202 456 1111 (Open only Tues-Thurs, 11am-3pm Eastern)

Action #2: Federal action – Call Feinstein EVERY DAY(!) until the S.1 – For the People Act passes the Senate.

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Aug. 28th is the March. Here’s a warmup action for your senators.

“The right to vote is the most sacred and fundamental right we enjoy as American citizens and one that the foot soldiers fought, bled and died for in my hometown of Selma, Alabama. With the John R. Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act, we’re standing up and fighting back. By preventing states with a recent history of voter discrimination from restricting the right to vote, this bill restores the full promise of our democracy and advances the legacy of those brave foot soldiers like John Lewis who dedicated their lives for the sacred right to vote.” – Rep. Terri A. Sewell (D-Ala.)

This will be a weekend of marches. “The rallies come after a summer of protests calling for passage of the For the People Act, a sweeping elections and ethics bill that would set national standards for voting and override state-level restrictions, and the John R. Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act, which aims to restore voting rights protections that have been curtailed by the Supreme Court.

Protesters have said that because it is unlikely enough Republicans will join Democrats in the Senate in passing voting rights legislation, they want to see the elimination of the filibuster — the 60-vote threshold that allows a united minority of 41 senators to block legislation from becoming law.”

We cannot continue to let Republicans hold our democracy hostage. We must eliminate the filibuster to save our democracy. Call your Senators and let them know you want them to eliminate the filibuster to pass the For the People Act and other progressive priorities. We don’t have time to waste.

Action #1: Call your senators to do their jobs to protect voting rights!

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“NO” on Rahm Emanuel being appointed to anything anywhere.

  • Action #1: Tell your senators to vote “NO.”
  • Action #2: “Dear President Biden. Please reconsider this appointment.”

President Biden announced late Friday afternoon that he will nominate Rahm Emanuel to be the U.S. ambassador to Japan. Emanual is remembered as the the former mayor of Chicago who tried to cover up the police killing of Laquan McDonald, and who drove Black residents from their neighborhoods by starving them of essential resources,

None of Emanuel’s actions from that time are forgotten and none are forgiven. This should have been clear after a previous attempt to make him secretary of secretary of the Department of Transportation was met with protests from leaders of public service unions, civil rights groups and progressive organizations. Not only is Biden’s nomination an immense miscalculation for a post for which any number of candidates would be better suited temperamentally, but it is an huge affront to the Black voters who helped put him in office.

Action #1: Tell your senators to vote “NO.”

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(4) fast actions to make a difference.

UPDATE! H.R. 4 – the John R. Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act has PASSED the House. Now we need our senators to ditch the filibuster for voting rights and get this through the Senate. 

Hot off the our resistance communication lines…

ACTION #1: All hands on deck! Save CA from this GOP-scam of recall at taxpayer expense.

See our action here on how to alert to alert your social circles on:

  • the importance of voting “NO, GOD, NO!” on the recall election.
  • stopping these abusive and possible unconstitutional wastes of taxpayer money from happening in the first place with scripts to contact our legislators.
  • how to find postcarding campaigns, phonebanking, textbanking, literature drops and canvassing opportunities to join in. tinyurl.com/Antiracist-events-Ventura. Many are accessible for those living outside Ventura County.

ACTION #2: UPDATE! H.R.4 – John R. Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act of 2021 is now in the SENATE!

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The CA Recall Follies – What you can do.

No matter how many signatures a petition to recall Ron DeSantis collects, the Florida governor can breathe easy – his state doesn’t allow for recalls. In fact, only 20 states have such mechanisms, and of those, eight require a serious act of malfeasance or a violation of their oath of office. CA is one that doesn’t, which makes it the easiest pathway for the GOP, whose policies and values are completely at odds with most California voters, to “rig the system and create a low turnout election where they have a better chance” to grab the governor’s office through the weird mathematics of a “simultaneous recall election.”

Action #1 – Treat this recall election as a civic emergency that it is!

  • Share this toolkit with all parts of your social media. (More videos at bottom of this post)
  • Send it to anyone who asks your opinion on the recall!
  • Use this app to send a message to your contacts. Outreachcircle.com – Code SEF710
  • Don’t assume that everyone understands the gravity of this issue!

The toolkit contains graphics and sample texts that you can add to your postings on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter in both English and Spanish.

  • Aug. 30 is the LAST day to register for a mail ballot for the Sept. 14 election.
  • You can still register and vote on Sept. 14th at an in-person location.
  • Remind anyone with a criminal history who’s not currently serving a felony sentence in county, state, or federal prison, that their voting rights have been restored. Information here.

Scan through the “Official Voter Information Guide.” GOP candidates are running on platforms that include their normal mix: “starving” government, removing environmental protections, destroying public schools, rolling back gun safety laws,”freedom” from public health requirements, removing sanctuary protections, inserting religion into state business, prioritizing forced-birth policies, and the promoting antiquated solutions regarding wildfires and water issues. A debate among three of them revealed contempt for women, lack of support for a minimum wage, and at least one multimillionaire candidate who, like Trump, has to be sued to pay his bills.

If any of these unqualified candidates replaces Newsom through January 2, 2023, our state, whose economy ranks as the fifth largest in the world, will suffer a year of chaos and wasted time during a time of massive global warming and pandemic issues. A GOP governor could issue executive orders to rollback environmental protections, criminal justice reform and the social safety net, and reshape the 2022-23 budget with line item vetoes. Hundreds of bills may be vetoed by an incoming governor. And though he/she wouldn’t get any major bills passed because of a Democratic supermajority in the state legislature, they can make toxic appointments to boards, commissions and the courts, state constitutional offices and U.S. Senate seats, which would change the current balance of power in the United States Senate.

Action #2 – How should I fill in the second question?

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Afghanistan falls – Now what?

  • Action #1: Press our government to speed the process and accept more refugees – both targeted women and citizens who aided our soldiers
  • Action #2 – Email action for legislators.
  • Action #3 – Email Biden
  • Action #4 – Sign this petition to Biden
  • Action #5 – Join in helping displaced Afghan citizens

As we watch this 20-year-long, two-trillion dollar ball of conflict unravel, the end of a 9/11 chain reaction that ultimately killed 6,000 Americans and wounded 20,722, we are bombarded by partisan shouting from both sides. Two great posts by historian Heather Cox Richardson help reconstruct the steps that brought us to this moment: here and here. Judd at Popular Information has a great post on how mainstream media is once again using untrustworthy narrators in assessing the withdrawal. The full details of the Taliban’s takeover, which was estimated to take 90 days, but took only ten, will be teased out over time. Meanwhile, some of that history is already being erased. (The link lauding Trump’s now-missing “accomplishment” page for his Taliban deal is here. Experts note that his “deal,” which undercut the legitimacy of the Afghan government, contained no enforcement mechanisms and included no penalties for failing to comply with its terms.)

Update: Statements from Rep. Ted Lieu, VoteVets.org.

In the meantime, here are some useful things to do.

Action #1: Press our government to speed the process and accept more refugees – both targeted women and citizens who aided our soldiers

(Action from Chop Wood Carry Water/Small Deeds Done)

Pro-West” Afghan women are now being hunted door-to-door, but only 44 senators signed on to a letter to Secretary of State Antony Blinken and Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro Mayorkas urging the administration to to take “swift, robust action to protect and support Afghan women leaders facing unparalleled danger following the Taliban’s violent sweep across Afghanistan and seizure of Kabul.” This would include, at minimum, a humanitarian parole category specifically for these women, streamlining the paperwork process to relocate them to safety, expanding processing capacity within U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, appointing an interagency refugee coordinator and increasing and supporting evacuation efforts.

Meanwhile, H.R. 3985 – “ALLIES Act of 2021″ still needs to be passed through the Senate.

Minimal script for senators who signed letter (includes Padilla & Feinstein): I’m calling from [zip code] and I want to thank the Senator for signing the letter to Secretary of State Antony Blinken and Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro Mayorkas regarding the plight of Afghan women now in danger from the Taliban. In addition to pushing for all the actions in that letter to help these women, I want Senator [___] to support H.R. 3985 – “ALLIES Act of 2021” with a flexible higher limit as necessary to prevent a possible massacre of Afghan citizens whose actions to aid our military puts both them and their families in mortal danger.

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We are on fire…Tell your representative to push for these 3 climate priorities in the recovery package.

(Image from @US_Stormwatch, Aug. 4, Dixie Fire)

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (#IPCC) just announced that #ClimateChange is caused by humans, and is widespread, rapid, & intensifying in every region & across the whole climate system.
(press release: https://bit.ly/WGICC2021PR, #ClimateReport: https://bit.ly/WGICC2021).

While we await for the usual “denier” arguments from the Koch-funded fossil-fuel propaganda machine – including the Heritage Foundation and the Heartland Institute, we can watch people being evacuated by ferry from Greece, the Dixie Fire flames rise over 100′ high and climate-change flooding kill people in Europe. The whole world has been invited to this party and our host has something to say.

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Seriously. Can we expel her NOW?

“YES” to H.Res.260 – “In the Matter of Representative Marjorie Taylor Greene.”

One of the takeaways from the first hearing on the January 6 insurrection was no surprise – the violent seditionists believed they were attacking law enforcement officers at Trump’s behest. “…all of them were telling us ‘Trump sent us.’ It was nobody else. It was not Antifa. It was not BLM.

These domestic terrorists were not in any doubt as to what Trump had asked them to do.

On July 23rd, after media representatives were removed from the room, Trump’s QAnon-whisperer – Marjorie Taylor Greene, suggested that Alabama residents meet their community’s “trusted messengers” – “the doctors, the faith leaders, community leaders and others who are working to get people vaccinated, save lives, and help end this pandemic” with a “2nd Amendment rights”-style” welcome.

Is there any reason to doubt that some Alabama residents will do exactly what she asked? That her words are a tragedy waiting to happen?

ALGOP chairman John Wahl was alarmed enough to put out this statement: “The Alabama Republican Party did not host or sponsor the event with Marjorie Taylor Greene, and therefore have no firsthand knowledge of the comments made.

Hey, Mr. Wahl, the American people are tired of “hosting” her too, but there’s a constitutional solution for this.

Minimal script: I’m calling from [zip code] and want Rep./Speaker of the House [___] to expel Rep. Marjory Taylor Greene per H.Res.260 for advocating for domestic terrorism. In a private “just-among-us-friends” speech on July 23rd, she suggested that “trusted messengers” going door-to-door to answer COVID-related questions from Alabama residents be met with firearms. It is no surprise that the press was deliberately removed before her speech or that the AL GOP now disavows all knowledge of her comments.

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HR 1374 is a tragedy waiting to happen. Tell your senators to throw it back.

Action #1: Easy “warm-up” environmental action.

(from 350 Conejo/San Fernando Valley) Easy action to email 20 Wall Street leaders to demand they  Defund Climate Chaos by the start of the COP26 climate talks on Novermber 1st in Glasgow, Scotland. Your email will be sent automatically to CEOs and key influencers in banks, insurance companies and asset managers.

Click here to sign onto the message!

Action #2: Call your senators to say “NO” to HR 1374

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This eviction issue is actually a judge issue.

  • Action #1: Thank Biden for jumping in head-first, despite all his legal advice.
  • Action #2: Tell your representative to get back to Congress and pass H.R. 4791, the “Protecting Renters from Evictions Act, of 2021.
  • Action #3: Thank Rep. Cori Bush!

The various judgements against the CDC’s moratorium by Trump appointees in lower courts and the temporary reprieve by our GOP-dominated Supreme Court signals a far more dangerous fight, i.e. the weaponization of the “nondelegation doctrine” against what far-right conservatives call “the administrative state.”

Action #1: Thank Biden for jumping in head-first, despite all his legal advice. It’s time he expanded SCOTUS.

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