Weekly Actions: December 4, 2017

Action 1: Urge your Rep to vote NO on the Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act

 Action 2: Pull out all the stops to prevent a repeal of Net Neutrality

Action 3: Urge your MoCs to take The Dreamer Pledge and insist on passing the DREAM Act now



Action 1: Urge your Rep to vote NO on the Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act

The House of Representatives is seizing on a rare window between major shootings (when the public is distracted by Russia developments and the tax bill) to vote on HR 38, the Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act of 2017. The House vote will be THIS WEEK! This act, condemned by the U.S. Conference of Mayors, 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 or set stricter guidelines for concealed carry of dangerous weapons. Even conservatives have argued that this bill completely cripples state rights.

 

Everytown for Gun Safety outlines the arguments against this dangerous bill here.

 

HERE IS WHAT YOU CAN DO: 

  • Call your Rep: (See script below–varies depending on whether your state has concealed carry)

 

BILLS: H.R. 38: Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act of 2017: To amend title 18, United States Code, to provide a means by which nonresidents of a State whose residents may carry concealed firearms may also do so in the State.

 

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 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.

 

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 HR 38. While I understand that our state allows concealed carry, I believe that 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 Rep. _____ to vote against this law. 

 


Action 2: Pull out all the stops to prevent a repeal of net neutrality

As covered by previous postsNet Neutrality preserves your right to “communicate freely online.” Preventing internet service providers from deliberately blocking, slowing down or speeding up connections for reasons of politics or profitability, it is essential for allowing equal access to obtaining and providing information. Without Net Neutrality, Internet Service Providers (ISPs) could give certain websites preferential treatment for higher fees. They could block sites they disagreed with, or those of their competitors. In anticipation of the repeal, Comcast is already planning for paid fast lanes. And for those of us in the Resistance, the Internet is crucial in assuring the flow of information.

 

Now that a vote to abolish net neutrality is expected on December 14, the campaign to save it has been heating up, and people from both sides of the political spectrum have been contacting the FCC to make their voices heard. Protests are being scheduled and Democrats in Congress are trying to delay the vote, but Republican lawmakers have  been slow to sign on, despite the fact that 55% of Democrats and 53% of Republicans are against changing the rules.

 

 

HERE IS WHAT YOU CAN DO: 

 

  • Call the FCC Public Comment Line: 202-418-1000 and their Customer Service Number: 888-225-5322.
  • Leave a comment on the FCC Regulations page: here.
  • Contact the FCC Commissioners Directly:  (Ajit Pai: 202-518-7399 / email: Ajit.Pai@fcc.gov / Twitter: @AjitPaiFCC; Michael O’Rielly: 301-657-9092 / email: mike.o’rielly@fcc.gov Twitter @mikeofcc; Brendan Carr: 202-719-7305 / email: Brendan.Carr@fcc.gov / Twitter: @BrendanCarrFCC). NOTE: Phone numbers do not appear to be working, but please email. 
  • Attend a Protest: at your local Verizon Store on December 7. You can find lists of protests here. If there are none in your area, consider hosting one.
  • Call your MoCs: They can put pressure on the FCC to cancel the vote and to pass legislation to preserve net neutrality.
  • Contact your State Attorney General: Ask that any state regulations regarding net neutrality be enforced. State that you are against any new federal regulation that might supersede state regulations and ask your AG to take legal action.
  • Donate: to Freepress and/or Fightforthefuture. These organizations are spearheading this effort.

SCRIPT:

FOR THE FCC: Hi, my name is_____and I’m calling from _____. I strongly support net neutrality. The regulations in place are essential for a fair and open Internet. Giving Internet service providers leeway in the speed and flow of information, not to mention giving them the ability to curtail information, is detrimental to a free and democratic society. Please do not repeal these regulations.

 

FOR CONGRESS: Hi, my name is_____and I’m calling from _____. I’m calling to express my strong support for net neutrality and to ask Sen./Rep. to contact the FCC and demand that they delay their vote currently scheduled for December 14th. The regulations in place are essential for a fair and open Internet. Giving Internet service providers leeway in the speed and flow of information, not to mention giving them the ability to curtail information, is detrimental to a free and democratic society. I would also like to ask Sen./Rep._____ to work on bipartisan legislation that preserves a fair and open Internet.

 

 


Action 3: Urge your MoCs to take The Dreamer Pledge and insist on passing the DREAM Act now

As part of our advocacy for 800,000 U.S. residents who came here as children and recently lost their DACA status, we are joining Indivisible’s campaign to ask your MoCs to take part in the Dreamer Pledge. This pledge states that “if Congress hasn’t passed The Dream Act by Dec. 8—when funding for the government expires—they will insist on including it as part of the December spending bill, and only vote for a continuing resolution (“CR”) if it has the Dream Act included.” The Dream Act provides permanent protection to these young people and saves them from deportation.

 

There is support for dreamers on both sides of the aisle. In fact, Senator Jeff Flake (R-AZ) agreed to vote for the tax bill because he received a promise from leadership that the Senate would take up legislation to support the dreamers.

 

HERE IS WHAT YOU CAN DO:

 

  • Call your MoCs: You can find information and resources from the Indivisible Guide here. Scroll down the page and click on your state for specific information and they will send you a customized script.

BILLS: S. 1615 The Dream Act

 


The most effective thing you can do is to pick up the phone,
but if you’re short on time, you can leave your MoC a message below.



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