Thurs 3/25: “AB-534 Fishing: ropeless fishing gear” – dullest title ever for life-saving legislation.

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-534 Fishing: 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-534 Fishing: ropeless fishing gear. (Add in any personal experiences you have with sea mammals…)
  • Letter to the committee: Must be submitted by March 30, at 12:00 noon. Instructions here.
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The filibuster is unconstitutional. Pass it on.

Action #1: Call VP 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.

  • Email : http://www.whitehouse.gov/contact/
  • Comments: 202-456-1111
  • Switch Board: 202-456-1414
  • TTY/TTD:  202-456-6213
  • 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.

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D.C. statehood is in the HOUSE! Pile on! YES on H.R.51/S.51!

The GOP’s racist and blatantly partisan refusal to vote for DC statehood last year put its residents in danger during the insurrection.

Now you can listen to racist dogwhistles from the GOP legislators here.

Before watching today’s hearing, take a moment to create your own BINGO cards with the help of “6 collossally Stupid Arguments against DC Statehood.” (More resources below.) Seriously… at today’s hearing, a GOP legislator was actually recorded saying that wealth is only created by “manufacturing, agriculture and mining,” a huge surprise for our last president, Mark Zuckerberg, or Jeff Bezos. (Also, there are 2 mines recorded in DC.) Another went on the record stating that DC can’t be a state because it doesn’t have an airport, and that states have to be admitted in pairs, without once mentioning those pairs consisted of “free states” vs. “slave states.

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!

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Thurs 3/18: Wanted: Postcard writers! D.C. statehood and keeping immigrant families together.

Action #1: Washington D.C. is a living, breathing, racial and civil rights injustice and we need to fix it! DC statehood goes in front of the House Oversight Committee on Monday, March 22!

A member is printing up several thousand postcards!!! JOIN IN! If you’re unfamiliar with the hundreds of years that DC residents have been denied statehood, along with the rights we take for granted, like representation along with taxation, the ability to make laws without federal interference, and being able to call up the National Guard when they need it, here’s our post with lots of information and great videos. (Also 51 for 51 and DCstatehoodcoalition.org ) Both the House and Senate have reintroduced bills to fix this, H.R.51 & S.51WashingtonD.C. Admission Act. Another important bill – H.R.1 – “For the People Act, declares, amongst many important voting reforms, “…that DC residents deserve full Congressional voting rights and self-government, which only statehood can provide.” (full text) (endorsements).

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.

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State campsite rule: Clean up our own voter suppression messes and get H.R.1/S.1 – “For the People Act” passed.

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.

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Tell your senators to cosponsor H.R. 6 – The “American Dream and Promise Act.”

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.
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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.

However, it can be made even better. Nicole Austin-Hillery, executive director of the US Program at Human Rights Watch (HRW) stated “… the bill contains harsh and unnecessary provisions based on youth offenses that would amplify the racial injustices in the criminal legal system and make the bill less inclusive…” Their coalition sent a letter to the House Judiciary Committee urging them to remove these criminalization bars. Said Austin-Hillery: “Congress should be focused on ensuring all immigrant youth who have only known the United States as home no longer have to live in fear of an uncertain future. The juvenile justice system recognizes that young people are different than adults and treats them as such. We urge Congress to do the same.” [Resources: (HRW/NJJ&DPC/Sentencing Project/& more letter) (HRW/Indivisible/& more letter)(National Immigration Project report lists criminalization bars)(Description of immigration legislation bills here]

Minimal script – call: I’m calling from [zip code] to ask Sen. [___] to support H.R. 6The “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.

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Wed. 3/10: The “H.R. 1/S.1 – For the People Act” is now in the Senate! Call your senators and join in the outreach campaigns!

ACTION #1: Reach out to your senators, no matter what side they’re on.

(The House version – H.R. 1 – the For the People Act passed on 3/3/2021.)

Minimal script for DEM. senators: I’m calling from [zip code] to thank Sen. [___] for cosponsoring and supporting S.1For 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.
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Wed. 3/10: Tell your legislators to remove Trump’s harmful last-minute rules.

(This is a great action from the great folks at IndivisibleSF.)

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:

  1. Independent Contractor Status Under the FLSA
  2. Increasing Consistency and Transparency in Considering Benefits and Costs in the Clean Air Act Rulemaking Process
  3. Fair Access to Financial Services

(Speak slowly, so the staffer can get the names down. Explanations on these rules below.)

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Tues 3/9/21: H.R. 8 and H.R. 1446 – Gun background check bills – vote possible tomorrow. “YES” on both – Call your legislators!

UPDATE – The HOUSE just passed these bills. CALL YOUR SENATORS!

On March 6th, President Biden thanked the American public for making the American Rescue Plan possible. “You say, “Well, how do they make it possible?” Well, quite frankly, without the overwhelming bipartisan support of the American people, this would not have happened.  Your elected officials heard you. Overwhelming public support — every public opinion poll shows overwhelming support for this plan. And for the last weeks, it’s shown that. Every public opinion poll shows the people want this, they believe it’s needed, and they believe it’s urgent.” 

Well, when it comes to background checks for guns, we, the American public, are once again the main bipartisan support. 93 percent of American voters support requiring background checks on all gun sales, including 89 percent of Republicans and 87 percent of gun owners. To get the job done, however, we need to finally pass two related bills, both of which may be voted on in the House tomorrow.

  • H.R. 8 – Bipartisan Background Checks Act of 2021 requires all guns, with a few exceptions, to be sold from licensed dealers. The “Bipartisan” in the title is aspirational. Out of 210 total cosponsors for H.R.8, there are only 3 GOP cosponsors.
  • H.R.1446 – Enhanced Background Checks Act of 2021 extends the background check time from 3 to 10 days to eliminate the “Charleston Loophole.” The name refers to the 2015 shooting of nine people at the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal (A.M.E.) Church in Charleston, S.C., where Dylann Roof – who was prohibited by law from possessing a firearm – was able to acquire one under current federal law from the dealer after 3 days, before the FBI could complete his background check. Only 137 cosponsors have cosponsored this bill, all Democrats.

We expect both to pass the House, but thank your legislators anyway. (Rep-check here for HR. 8 and here for H.R.1446.) Reps. Brownley and Carbajal are signed onto both already. The problem will clearly occur in the Senate, so we also need to start calling our senators, and urging friends and family in RED states to call theirs.

NOTE: WE AREN’T THE ONLY ONES CALLING! Gun-owners AGAINST background checks are working the phones too.

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Monday 3/8: “This is a democracy issue!” Call out corporations who fund voter suppression.

Quote from this LaTosha Brown. Update: The Georgia state Senate just voted along party lines on Monday to REPEAL no-excuse absentee voting after the state sent to Democrats to the Senate and voted for a Democratic presidential nominee for the first time in decades. All because 35 people out of 4,935,487 (or .0007% of the total) wrongly voted during the 2020 election. The bill would need to pass before March 31

Action: Write/email to these corporations – contact information below. Here are some points you can use.

You can write your own comment customized per company and/or use this sign-on form from the New Georgia Project here to send a message to eleven corporate heads. Mix it up a bit so your own voice comes through. You can add personal experiences of discrimination you’ve seen or been the subject of, as well.

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