The vote over whether all women retain control of their wombs starts on Monday, Feb. 28th. FLOOD your senators’ phones now!

(Photo credit, quote)
  • Action #1: Tell your senator to pass S.1975 – Women’s Health Protection Act NOW!
  • Action #2: Demand that SCOTUS Justice Amy Coney Barrett and other Catholic justices “recuse” themselves on abortion cases.
  • Action #3: Share information on how to find abortion pills, how to use them safely and to make the information common knowledge.

Action #1: Tell your senator to pass S.1975 – Women’s Health Protection Act NOW!

If Roe v. Wade falls to the phalanx of religious right SCOTUS members, 26 states will ban abortion immediately. Even now, over 700 women die in childbirth each year and over 50,000 women end up with life-threatening injuries they may never recover from, physically, emotionally or financially.

(This action is based on both CA senators having already cosponsored this bill.)

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+150 political scientists sent a warning to Congress…Democracy is on a deadline.

(Statement in Support of the Freedom to Vote Act)

  • Action #1: Call your senators! Every day.
  • How to program your phone for fast calls to your legislators!
  • Action #2: Write your reluctant senators an email/letter. (Yes, Dianne, we’re looking at you.) Pile it on!

In keeping with the racist origins of the filibuster, the only Senate bills that are currently still subject to it remain civil and voting rights bills like the Freedom to Vote Act and the John Lewis Voting Rights Act. Meanwhile, without these federal-level restrictions, the GOP are busy eroding rights on a state level, using new voter restrictions, partisan election audits, and state-level efforts to sabotage future elections. And now they’re destroying the last line of defence – the courts. GOP legislators in 35 states proposed over 153 bills in 2021 to limit state courts’ power or independence or to make them more partisan. At least 19 have become law across 14 states. We’re running out of time.

Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer is using Martin Luther King, Jr. Day as D-Day for democracy, a war against an opposition that’s already on our own shores, and even embedded within our own party. (His letter here.) Please, call your senators every day, especially those of us with reluctant ones, like Feinstein.

Action #1: Call your senators – updated message for use EVERY DAY!

Minimal script for SEN. FEINSTEIN:

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Senate: Pass the Women’s Health Protection Act Now!

(Source on birth injuries, permanent disability and mortality)

  • Action #1: Tell your senator to pass S.1975 – Women’s Health Protection Act NOW!
  • Action #2: Demand that SCOTUS Justice Amy Coney Barrett and other Catholic justices “recuse” themselves on abortion cases.
  • Action #3: Share information on how to find abortion pills, how to use them safely and to make the information common knowledge.

Action #1: Tell your senator to pass S.1975 – Women’s Health Protection Act NOW!

(This action is based on both CA senators having already cosponsored this bill.)

Minimal script: I’m calling from [zip code] to thank Senator [___] for supporting S.1975Women’s Health Protection Act and to ask that [he/she] carve out the filibuster to protect the 65 million women who will immediately lose access to complete reproductive health care if Roe v. Wade falls. I also want the senator to demand that the Senate Judiciary Committee look into the omission of Justice Amy Coney Barrett to recuse herself from Dobbs v. Jackson on the basis of her own 1998 law review article where she stated that she’d be unable to rule objectively on death penalty or abortion cases due to her religious convictions.

Contact:

Action #2: Demand that SCOTUS Justice Amy Coney Barrett and other Catholic justices “recuse” themselves on abortion cases.

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+150 political scientists sent a warning to Congress…

(Statement in Support of the Freedom to Vote Act)

  • Action #1: Call your senators!
  • Action #2: Write Feinstein an email/letter. Pile it on!

Action #1: Call your senators.

Minimal script for SEN. FEINSTEIN (not a cosponsor):

I’m calling from [zip code] to ask Sen. [___] to cancel any holiday recess plans in order to push through both S.4 – the “John Lewis Voting Rights Act” and S.2747 – the “Freedom to Vote Act,” nationwide minimum standards to protect the rights of voters and to strengthen our democracy while we still have one. We’ve read that she may now be willing to support bypassing the filibuster rule to enact these bills. Please convey to the senator that her active and enthusiastic cooperation with such an effort is the basic minimum or we will be ASKING FOR HER RESIGNATION.

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Dear Senator Feinstein…

(Note: Thanks to all those who came out for the picture. Special callout to the awesome squad from Santa Barbara!)
  • Action #1: Write Feinstein an email/letter
  • Action #2: H.R.4064/S.2155 – Prevent Election Subversion Act – Protect Election Workers from harrassment and intimidation.
  • Action #3: Call your senators.
  • Action #4: Call the White House
  • Action #5: Email Joe.

Originally tweeted by Scott Dworkin (@funder) on November 16, 2021.

Action #1: Write Feinstein an email/letter

Sample email/letter: You are welcome to use as much or little as you want. Speak from your heart. There’s a lot of good material here too. (Other senators to worry about: Manchin (WV), Sinema (AZ), Jon Tester (MT), Coons (DE), Carper (DE), King (MN) Hassan (NH), Cardin (MD))

Dear Senator Feinstein,

[We gathered last Saturday at our county government center/I’ve called you/I’ve written you] to ask you to be brave. To publicly state that you’ll carve up the filibuster to enable the “Freedom to Vote Act.” To state that you’re willing to overthrow decorum of long practice for the far more urgent need of democracy itself.

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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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No recess until the Senate passes S.1 – For the People Act and stops partisan gerrymandering.

Today’s good news included the IRS being ordered to hand over Trump’s taxes to Congress and the public exposure of the notes taken during his attempt to bully Georgia into declaring him a winner.

But not good enough. The GOP will just patiently wait out this news cycle or even consider it a welcome distraction from the news they’re hoping we won’t notice

On August 16, the Census Bureau will release their demographic data, the starting gun for the GOP to quietly and immediately gerrymander away six to 13 seats in the House of Representatives—more than the 5 needed to retake the House in 2022—through its control of the redistricting process in Georgia, Florida, North Carolina, and Texas alone. The Republican redistricting advantage extends far beyond those four states: They’ll be able to draw 187 congressional districts, compared to 75 for Democrats, and those that elected new legislators like Lucy McBath, the first Black woman to represent old Newt’s district, will be eliminated. We already know that CA will lose a seat, while Texas, Florida, and NC will gain some.

Instead of hanging in their home districts with us, we need our senators to be pushing S.1 – For the People Act through. Some reforms could theoretically wait until after a recess period, but certain key proposals, such as prohibiting partisan gerrymandering, must be enacted now to make a difference in the 2022 elections. Without congressional action in the next few weeks, Republicans could lock Democrats out of power for the next decade, even if voters mobilize and turn out heavily in Democrats’ favor. So, the window to prevent partisan gerrymandering is closing quickly.

Yeah. That’s the real news. 

Minimal script for our own senators: I’m calling from [zip code] and I want Sen. [___] to stay in the Capitol to push through “S.1 – For the People Act,” especially the parts prohibiting partisan gerrymandering. I would consider leaving for summer recess a dereliction of duty, as the Census Bureau is releasing fuel for a savage GOP-redistricting on August 16. I and my friends worked hard for Sen. [___]. But unless [he/she] wants to become part of the legislative minority party again, watching helplessly as an actual minority party passes unjust bills and tries to reinstate a fascist president, [he/she] needs to get to work now and stay until it’s done. No excuses. Nothing in [his/her] district is as important as dealing with this issue.

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Fri. – 4/27 – Some good environmental news!

Greetings Activists:

I have more good news to report on our work to ban the use of nylon drift nets used in the commercial fishing industry off the coast of California.

Our team has been working with the offices of California U.S. Senators D. Feinstein and K. Harris and we now have for the first time ever a federal bill to phase out the use of these deadly marine mammal killing nets.

The bill, which does not have an official Senate number yet but has a name ‘Drift Net Modernization and Bycatch Reduction Act‘  was just introduced on April 26th. We have a ways to go to get it passed by the U.S. Senate and then the U.S. House of Representatives. We are told to expect the Trump Administration to oppose this bill.

But for now let’s all contact Senators Feinstein and Harris and thank them for putting this bill together and introducing the bill  into the U.S. Senate.

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