Weekly Actions 1/10/2017

Click on each action for details and scripts:

ACTION 1: Defend the Affordable Care Act:

  • Ask your Senators to stand up for the Affordable Care Act
  • Attend one of the many rallies occurring on the 15th organized by Democratic members of Congress, unions, and health care activists.

Last week, Congress voted to start debate on a budget resolution that Republicans will try to use to repeal the Affordable Care Act. All Democrats voted against introducing the resolution; Rand Paul was the only Republican who joined them. Senator Bernie Sanders has stressed the importance of Democratic leadership and organizing around protecting the Affordable Care Act and has named January 15th as a national day of action with rallies organized by Democratic members of Congress, trade unions, senior groups, and health care activists around the country. We need to urge our Democratic senators to continue to stand strong to protect the Affordable Care Act and we need to show up on January 15th so they see we support this fight! If your senators voted to start the repeal process (all Republican senators except Rand Paul), please call them and urge them to support the Affordable Care Act, instead of voting to take coverage away from millions. If just three Republican senators vote against the repeal, we can nip this in the bud so public pressure is key!

Script (for Democratic Senators and Rand Paul):
Hi, my name is _____ and I’m calling from _____. I’m calling to thank Senator _____ for standing up for the Affordable Care Act. Please tell Senator _____ to do everything in his/her power to block Republicans from repealing the ACA.
[If they haven’t organized a rally yet, add:] I’d also like to urge Senator _____ to heed Senator Sanders call to organize a health care rally on January 15th.

Script (for Republican Senators):
Hi, my name is _____ and I’m calling from _____. I’m calling to voice my support of the Affordable Care Act and urge Senator _____ to protect it. Millions would lose coverage if the ACA was repealed, and I’ll be watching to see how Senator _____ votes on this issue.

On Monday, many of us flooded our senators with phone calls opposing Jeff Sessions, Trump’s appalling pick for Attorney General. The Justice Committee (where Sessions’ hearings are taking place) is also tracking phone calls. If you haven’t done so yet, please call their main number (202) 224-5225 and voice your opposition to Sessions. You can also call each committee member individually.
 
Individual Committee Members:
*If one of these senators is from your state, mention your zip code!

  • Chuck Grassley – Republican Senator of Iowa, Chairman of the Judiciary Committee
    202-224-3744
  • Lindsey Graham – Republican Senator of South Carolina
    202-224-5972
  • Patrick Leahy – Democratic Senator of Vermont, Ranking Member of the Judiciary Committee
    202-224-4242
  • Dianne Feinstein – Democratic Senator of California
    202-224-3841
  • Chuck Schumer – Democratic Senator of New York
    202-224-6542

Script:

Hi, my name is _____ and I’m calling from _____. I’m calling to voice my opposition to Jeff Sessions. His well-documented history of racist views as well as his appalling voting record against civil rights and voting rights make him unfit to serve and we cannot trust that he would fairly enforce our nation’s laws. Additionally, the fact that he submitted incomplete answers to the committee’s questionnaire — despite his own insistence of comprehensive questionnaires for previous nominees — shows total disrespect for the process of his confirmation.

It can be hard to find the time and motivation to call your senators and representatives. However, making phone calls is one of the most effective avenues available to us when it comes to achieving change through public pressure. Whether you are a seasoned activist or have yet to make your first phone call to Congress, taking one simple step can help make it easier to act: Save your senators and representative’s number to your phone book. Find them here: www.whoismyrepresentative.com. (Think of this like taking the first step towards daily exercise by keeping a clean set of gym clothes at work! After all, activism is a muscle.)
 
You can also add “Call” widgets for your senators and reps to your phone’s desktop if you want to get really fancy.

 

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