Weekly Actions: July 6, 2017

Click on each action for details and scripts:

ACTION 1: Ask your state government to oppose the request for voter information by Trump’s so-called commission on “Election Integrity.”

ACTION 2: Submit your comments to protect national monuments and net neutrality before next week’s deadline.

ACTION 3: Get your rep to go on the record in support of the Paris Agreement.


45! That’s the latest count of the number of states refusing to comply with some or all of the commission’s request for sensitive voter information. (NJ was the last to make a statement.) Let’s make it 50 and push states to categorically reject this ill-conceived commission.
 

Ostensibly, the creation of the commission was to tackle voter fraud, which of course is a myth that has been widely debunked. In actuality, election experts suspect (rightly) that this commission is all about providing the pretext for laws that suppress the vote, which is a vital tactic leveraged by Republicans to remain in power. The commission may even present legal risks.
 

(It’s also about addressing Trump’s insecurity in losing the popular vote by 3 million votes and a last-ditch effort to substantiate his made-up claims about voter fraud during the 2016 election.)
 

What do civic groups and election experts say? The Brennan Center for Justice at NYU School of Law has compiled a list of statements by 26 civic groups all opposed to the commission. For more, also check out their excellent comprehensive guide on understanding the commission.
 

[Read some of our past coverage on voter suppression]

 
HERE’S WHAT YOU CAN DO:
 

  • Contact your state government: Look up the number for your Secretary of State and for your governor. Next, see where your state stands and pick up the phone!
    • States that haven’t responded yet: Arkansas, Florida, Hawaii, Illinois, Nebraska.

      SCRIPT: Hi my name is _____ and I’m calling from _____. I’m calling to urge Governor/Secretary of State _____ NOT to comply with the request for private voter info from Trump’s voter fraud commission. Experts have raised serious concerns about voter suppression and privacy and 45 states have refused to give info. Please join them in protecting voters.

    • States that will hand over only select public voter data: Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Colorado, Georgia, Idaho, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Missouri, Montana, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Texas, Utah, Washington, West Virginia.

      SCRIPT: Hi my name is _____ and I’m calling from _____. I wanted to thank governor/secretary of state _____ for refusing to comply fully with the request for private voter info from Trump’s voter fraud commission and urge him/her to think about joining the 19 states who are resisting more fully. Experts have raised serious concerns about voter suppression and privacy and we need to send a strong message that our voters should be protected.

    • States that won’t comply: California, Connecticut, Delaware, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Mississippi, New Mexico, New York, Pennsylvania, South Dakota, Tennessee, Vermont, Virginia, Wisconsin, Wyoming.

      SCRIPT: Hi my name is _____ and I’m calling from _____. I wanted to thank governor/secretary of state _____ for refusing to comply with the request for private voter info from Trump’s voter fraud commission. As you are well aware, experts have raised serious concerns about voter suppression and privacy. I am proud to be from a state that is sending a strong message that our voters should be protected.

    • (The state info above is courtesy of The Nation. You can also research your state’s responses here.)

 

Deadlines for submitting public comments about national monuments and net neutrality (two separate issues, both of which we covered recently) are coming up soon:

 
HERE’S WHAT YOU CAN DO:
 

  • Submit comments to protect national monuments: Submit your comments here.
     
    Please keep in mind that comments about a specific monument will likely be given more weight than comments addressing national monuments generally. For more information and a comment template, see this article.

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  • Submit a comment to protect Net Neutrality: Submit your comments here.
     

    Sample comments, along with more information, can be found on this document from our Action Alliance friends, Rise Stronger.

 


 

Bogart told Bergman, “We’ll Always Have Paris,” but right now, Paris–and the planet–is in jeopardy. Trump’s horrendous decision to withdraw the U.S. from the Paris Agreement was controversial even in his own party, but according to data compiled by climatehawksvote.org, many members of Congress, including GOP reps on the Climate Caucus, refused to publicly state their disapproval, preferring instead to remain silent or offer mixed, ambiguous comments.
 

H. Res. 390, which currently has 182 sponsors (all Democrats), expresses strong disapproval of the President’s decision to withdraw from the Paris Agreement. We need to get the Republican members of Congress who disapproved of this decision to sign on.
 

Bills: H.Res. 390: Expressing strong disapproval of the President’s announcement to withdraw the United States from the Paris Agreement.

 
HERE’S WHAT YOU CAN DO:
 

  • Call your rep: Look up your rep’s position here and see whether they co-sponsored H.Res. 390 here.

If your rep is already a co-sponsor for H.Res. 390, call and thank him/her. If not, call and urge him/her to sign on (script below).

Script (for non co-sponsors):
Hi, my name is _____ and I’m a constituent calling from _____. I’m calling to thank Rep _____ for defending the Paris Climate Agreement/ask Rep _____ to take a stand against the Paris Climate Agreement. I’d like to urge him/her to publicly express disapproval for the U.S.’s withdrawal by supporting H.Res 390. Withdrawing from the Paris Agreement was a grave mistake that will have consequences for generations. No one will win if we don’t address global climate change as an international community. This is not a time to worry about the President’s feelings or GOP unity, but to do the right thing for the planet and for our grandchildren.

 


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