Weekly Actions 3/14/2017

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Hearings on Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch are scheduled to begin Monday, March 20.
Proponents may regard him as a distinguished jurist, but Mr. Gorsuch’s record is clear: his views and actions favor the rights of corporations over the rights of individuals. Proponents of reproductive rights, workers rights, and ending Citizens United have all expressed grave concern over his nomination
 

  • Call your Senators to express your concerns about Neil Gorsuch. Remind them that this Supreme Court pick belonged by right to President Obama, and should have gone to centrist Merrick Garland, who was blocked by Republicans because they wanted to prevent Obama from appointing a judge, claiming he did not have enough legitimacy – since he was in the last year of his term – to appoint a justice. (This should not have happened, as many past presidents have successfully nominated Supreme Court Justices in their last year in office.) Tell your Senators that the current administration is facing a REAL legitimacy issue, due to evidence of Russian ties. Tell them the Supreme court hearings – as well as the hearings for Deputy Attorney General, Rod Rosenstein (scheduled to begin Tuesday March 21) – MUST be postponed until Congress appoints an independent counsel for the investigation of DT’s connections to Russia and these investigations are resolved.

Script: Hi, my name is _____ and I’m calling from _____. I’m calling to express my opposition to Justice Neil Gorsuch, as I believe his past record shows he favors corporations over people and am worried he would undermine laws that protect the environment, worker’s rights, and consumer protections – and also to tell the Senator how important it is that ANY Supreme Court hearings be delayed until independent investigations of the Trump administration’s ties to Russia have taken place. I want to remind the Senator that there was concern about the legitimacy of Obama appointing a Supreme Court judge due to the fact that he only had one year of his term left, and I think it’s clear that the legitimacy issue the current administration is facing (due to the investigation of Russian ties) greatly overshadows this. A position of life-tenure CANNOT be decided by an administration with questionable legitimacy, and I urge the Senator to do everything in his power to postpone the hearings, along with the hearings for Deputy AG Rod Rosenstein, until the Russia investigations are resolved.
 
For blue states, add: If this does come to the Senate floor, I urge the Senator to block this hyper-partisan nomination by any means necessary, even if it means filibustering.

Additional Actions on Fighting Gorsuch:

 

NRA sympathizers are trying to push S 446/HR 38, the Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act of 2017, through Congress. This act would allow people from states where concealed carry is legal to carry guns in any state, regardless of that state’s own gun laws. This essentially nullifies laws in states that currently prevent concealed carry of dangerous weapons and completely cripples state rights.

Bills:

  • Call your Members of Congress to speak out against this legislation. Also advocate for expanded background checks, which are supported by 90% of Americans and to work on gun violence restraining order legislation, which temporarily keeps guns out of the hands of people who show tendencies toward gun violence (i.e. domestic abusers).

Script (if you live in a state that currently forbids concealed carry): Hi, my name is _____ and I’m calling from _____. I’m calling to express my concern about S446/HR 38, the Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act, which would completely undermine the common sense [Your State] gun laws that are in place to protect us and would also cripple our right as a state to determine who is allowed to carry guns. I urge Senator/Rep. _____ to vote against this law, as it would allow dangerous individuals including stalkers and domestic abusers to carry guns in our state. I would also like to encourage Senator/Rep. _____to promote legislation that expands background checks, supported by 90% of Americans, and legislation that allows for temporary restraining orders on domestic abusers and others showing likelihood to commit gun violence. These acts are essential to ensuring our safety.

Script (if you live in a state that currently allows concealed carry): Hi, my name is _____ and I’m calling from _____. I’m calling to express my concern about S446/HR 38. While I understand that our state allows concealed carry, I believe that Senator/Rep. _____would share my views that we should not be interfering with other states, just as we would not want other states interfering with our laws. Therefore, I am encouraging Senator/Rep. _____ to vote against this law. I also would like to encourage Senator/Rep. _____to promote legislation that expands background checks, supported by 90% of Americans, and legislation that allows for temporary restraining orders on domestic abusers and others showing likelihood to commit gun violence. These acts are essential to our safety and do not interfere with basic Second Amendment Rights. We do not allow driver’s licenses to people who have a record of irresponsible driving; we need to have the same common sense policy about guns.

We were pleased to see that all 100 Senators signed a letter to the president asking for swift action against hate crimes on Jewish facilities. But what about the recent violence against mosques in Florida, Texas, and many other places? Speaking out against hate needs to encompass all acts of hatred against all groups of people. The re-emergence of the Muslim travel ban has given implicit permission to discriminate against Muslims, and this must be stopped. We need to hold our Senators’ feet to the fire and ask them to call for the same swift actions against hate crimes directed at Muslims.
 

  • Call your Senators and urge them to draft a similar call-to-action against crimes against Muslims and Muslim facilities.
  • Call the White House at 202-456-1111 and tell President Trump to heed the Senate’s call and take swift action against the wave of hate crimes targeted at Muslims and Jews. Be sure to express your opinion that the new travel plan perpetuates and encourages that hate.

Script (for senators):
Hi, my name is _____ and I’m calling from _____. I was very happy to hear that Senator_____ signed onto a letter with all 99 of his/her colleagues to call for action against hate crimes on Jewish facilities. But I would like to see Senator_____ take leadership and generate a similar call-to-action against hate crimes on Muslim facilities. As you know, several mosques have been destroyed and vandalized since the president took office. Would the Senator be willing to write a similar letter and circulate it among his/her colleagues?
 
I would also like to urge the Senator to speak out against this new travel ban, which still unfairly discriminates against Muslims. There is no place for hate in this country. We are made stronger by our diversity. I will be watching the Senator’s actions on this issue and hope he/she will take leadership in supporting the rights of Muslims and speaking out against hate.

Script (for White House):
Hi, my name is _____ and I’m calling from _____. I’m calling to urge President Trump to heed the call of the Senate and take swift action against the wave of hate crimes that have proliferated soon after he took office and which target Muslims and Jews. President Trump’s campaign ties to white supremacist organizations and the new travel ban implicitly encourages attitudes of fear and mistrust that perpetuate racism and lead to crimes like these. He needs to take responsibility for the safety of all Americans and stop trying to pass discriminatory policies. He also needs to start speaking out against these hate crimes.