Weekly Actions: October 2, 2017

Action 1: Take action to address America’s unique problem with gun violence and gun homicides.

Action 2: Speak out against new Department of Homeland Security regulations that solicit social media information from immigrants, green card holders, and naturalized American citizens.

Action 3: Fight the Repeal of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s arbitration rule.



Action 1: Take action to address America’s unique problem with gun violence and gun homicides

Today, Americans awoke with horror to the news of the worst mass shooting on record, scores dead and over 500 injured. While we collectively grieve, mourn, and pray — we are also called to act.

 

Perhaps the most harrowing fact we came across today was learning that there have been more than 1,500 mass shootings since Sandy Hook when we said never again, and President Obama tearfully called for stricter gun regulations. But we know how the story played out.

 

The urgency to speak out has never been greater. Don’t be silenced by the deniers; now IS the time to talk about the problem. We owe it to the victims.

 

HERE IS WHAT YOU CAN DO: 

Script for Senators: Hi, my name is _____ and I’m calling from _____. I’m calling about the need  for common sense gun reform. Specifically, I wanted to urge the Senator to vote against two bills that would endanger public safety even further – the Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act and the Veteran’s Second Amendment Protection Act. As I hope the senator is aware, the Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act would essentially nullify gun laws in states like ours and the misnamed Veteran’s Second Amendment Protection Act would make it easier for guns to find their way into the hands of mentally ill people. Please urge Senator _____ to vote against these two bills – the Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act and the Veteran’s Second Amendment Protection Act – and push for common sense gun reform.

 

Script for Congressperson: Hi, my name is _____ and I’m calling from _____. I’m calling about the need  for common sense gun reform. Specifically, I wanted to urge the Senator to vote against the SHARE act, which deregulates gun suppressors/silencers. This would make it much harder for law enforcement to trace gunfire and very difficult to stop shooters quickly. I hope the Senator will stand up to the gun lobby and protect our safety by voting against this dangerous bill and pushing for common sense gun reform in every way he/she can.


Action 2: Speak out against new Department of Homeland Security regulations that solicit social media information from immigrants, green card holders, and naturalized American citizens.

Continuing its assault on the First Amendment, the administration announced two disturbing intentions this week. The Department of Homeland Security wants to collect social media data on all immigrants, including those with green cards and those who have been naturalized. The rule takes effect on October 18, following a public comment period.  Denounced by free speech advocates, this is a clear violation of rights of people who are legally in our country. In addition, the Department of Justice has recently put out an order for Facebook information on “anti-Trump activists,” an action that is currently being challenged in the courts.

 

HERE IS WHAT YOU CAN DO: 

  • Call the Department of Homeland Security: 202-282-8495. You can use this script from 5calls.org.
  • Submit a public comment: Deadline is October 18 (the day this rule goes into effect). Comment here. 
  • Call your MoCs: Ask them to do their part to protect privacy and 1st amendment rights.

SCRIPT (for MoCs): Hi my name is _____ and I’m calling from _____. I’m calling to ask Senator/Rep. _____  to speak out against the new Department of Homeland Security rule published under the Privacy Act of 1974 that allows DHS officials to collect social media data on all immigrants, including those with green cards and naturalized citizens. And I’m also outraged that the Department of Justice is collecting information on “anti-Trump” activists. This is a violation of our First Amendment rights of free speech, which this administration is trying to erode in a continually insidious manner. Congress must take action to further codify First Amendment protections. 


Action 3: Fight the Repeal of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s arbitration rule.

Please see this action from Indivisible to prevent the Senate and finance industry from undoing a rule that protects consumers from being ripped off by big banks. The vote is scheduled to happen soon. 

 

HERE IS WHAT YOU CAN DO

  • Call your Senators: You can find more information and scripts here.

BILL: SJ Res. 47: A joint resolution providing for congressional disapproval under chapter 8 of title 5, United States Code, of the …
… rule submitted by Bureau of Consumer Financial Protection relating to “Arbitration Agreements”.


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