Your Action of the Day: 5/24

Choose an action that corresponds with your ‘activist priority’ and do your bit to resist today! Every little action helps and it’s the little things that can have the most impact.

Advocate for Climate Change Awareness/Action

Action 1: Advocate for freezing new fossil fuel development, follow this link https://act.350.org/sign/freeze-fossil-fuel-development/ and sign the pledge.

Action 2: Save Energy                                                                                                               Switch off and unplug appliances when not in use. For more measures to reduce home energy use, try this energy checklist; or do your own home energy audit or schedule a professional one (your local government may offer assistance). TVs, DVD players and computers use electricity even on standby, so remember to unplug them and cell phone chargers too.

Action 3: Car share or use public transport.                                                                            Car alternatives that save you money while reducing your emissions. Find what options are available in your area and choose what works best for you! And don’t forget to use public transport, if available.

Advocate for Education

Action 4: Advocate for kids’ rights to a quality public education.                                Call: Your three MoCs (lookup or leave message).                                                              Script: “Hi. I’m a constituent from _ZIP_ concerned about public education in the upcoming budget. I am calling to let _NAME_ know I want three things:

  1. That no taxpayer money funds any religious education.
  2. That we honor all agreements to students working off loans in service programs.
  1. And, that we increase funding to high-poverty schoolsand after-school programs. Thanks!

Advocate for Election Integrity/Swing Left/Bipartisanship

Action 5: Support Democratic representation in traditionally Republican regions.     Help Montana elect Rob Quist (donate or volunteer). Election: May 25.                            Help Georgia elect Jon Ossoff (donate or volunteer). Election: June 20.

Action 6: Advocate for thorough vetting of 45’s federal court appointments.          Call: Your two senators, red or blue (lookup).                                                                      Script: Hi. I’m a constituent from _ZIP_, calling about Trump’s ten federal court appointments. I am asking Senator  _NAME_ to assure they are thoroughly vetted by the Senate, Aerican Bar Association, and approved in the home state of each senator. In light of recent events, this issue is vital to our democracy.

With 2018 looking worse and worse for Republicans, they are looking at tactics like voter suppression and court packing to stay in power. Let’s ask Senator Feinstein to fight efforts to pack the courts and to denounce Trump’s bogus voter fraud commission.

I believe in a vote for every American.                                                                                 Action 7: Oppose the new, federal Advisory Commission on Election Integrity.  Read: This recent article and background on Kris Kobach’s past efforts to suppress voters in Kansas.                                                                                                                             Call: Your 3 MoCs (lookup).                                                                                                               Script: Hi. I’m a constituent from _ZIP_ and am calling to express my concern about Trump’s new election integrity commission. Considering the lack of support for claims of widespread voter fraud, this panel is a huge waste of taxpayer money. What is _NAME_ doing to oppose this panel?

Action 8: Swing Left (This action takes more than a few minutes, but very helpful!)    Act: Use your writing or research talents by contributing to Swing Left                       Swing Left

Advocate for Healthcare

I believe in quality, affordable healthcare for all Americans.                                          Action 9: Tell your senators what you do want your health coverage to include.    Call: Both of your senators, red or blue (lookup or leave message).                               Script: Hi. I’m from _ZIP_ calling about healthcare. The current bill is not healthcare, so I want my senator to fight for five important things:

  1. No gender discrimination.
  2. No lifetime caps.
  3. To cover all pre-existing conditions.
  4. To cost less than $X per month per person.
  5. And to insist health insurance companies decrease costs.
  6. Tell a story about why one of these is important to you, personally.

Finally, if Sen. _NAME_ supports Republican plans to repeal the ACA, I will work hard to elect his/her opponent in the next election cycle. Thanks!

Action 10: Continue asking Governor Jerry Brown to support California’s bill for single-payer healthcare.                                                                                                         Script: ‘I am calling from _ZIP_ to express my support for California’s bill for single-payer healthcare. I, as a constituent, ask you to continue your support and advocacy on behalf of this bill.’

Action 11: Voice your objection to the all-male senate healthcare group.              Write: Sen. Mitch McConnell, 317 Russell Senate Office Building, Washington, DC 20510  Script: Not everyone is at the table to discuss health care, Sen. McConnell. 51% of the US population is female. 37% is not white. 19% has a disability. More than 3% is LGBT. By these statistics, your committee should have six women, four minorities, two disabled people, and one gay person. A group of white, straight men could harm those excluded from the conversation. Please make it right.

Advocate for Indigenous Rights’

I support the rights and sovereignty of indigenous people.                                              Action 12: Stand with Native people in defending the sacred by May 26.                           Visit: http://bearsearscoalition.org/action/                                                                               Sign: Include a personal message about why protecting Bears Ears National Monument matters to you.                                                                                                                                 Note: Select “Do not send me updates” if you don’t want extra email.

Advocate for Immigrant Rights

Action 13: Speak up for asylum seekers enduring inhumane conditions in our country.                                                                                                                                      Donate: Project South is a legal and advocacy group targeting Georgia’s detention centers. Your support helps them advocate and litigate on behalf of the voiceless.          Visit: projectsouth.org

Action 14: Oppose ICE funding until it has more oversight (hat tip).                            Call: All 3 MoCs (lookup or leave message).                                                                          Script: I am calling from _ZIP_ to express concerns about Immigration and Customs Enforcement. ICE’s tactics are making communities and workplaces less safe. This is unacceptable. This agency needs oversight and accountability in its duties, and clear deportation priorities. I am asking _NAME_ to not approve any funds to ICE until these two changes are made. Thanks.

Support Local Events

Action 15: Help Indivisible Organize the ‘March for Truth’                                                    Conference Call: Dial-in Number: (605) 475-3250 Access Code: 858546
(If you have trouble please keep trying. It’s a free service.)                                                  Here is a listing of the necessary elements needed for the rally: trained peacemakers, insurance, an appropriate sound system, reserved parking spaces, port a potties (1 per 100 persons), crowd barriers, EMT, park ranger services, 2-3 tents, printing and a few tables, several chairs.

Good news

  • Double win: We now have special counsel for the Russia investigation, and he’s a professional, ethical human.
  • The EPA received over 55,000 comments—a majority of which oppose repealing protections for people and planet.
  • Rep. Ted Lieu proposed legislation to make the president reimburse self-profiting expenses from travel.
  • 45 has made journalism great again.
  • Official plans announced to fix VW diesel engines.
  • LA mayor will uphold Paris Agreement, even if the US backs out.
  • A former inmate helps women rebuild their lives.
  • Military museum in SC honors dogs who serve.
  • Even more celebrations at Peace is Loud.
  • Indivisible met with State Senator Scott Wiener a few weeks ago to ask him to do more for women’s and reproductive rights and Planned Parenthood. His staff let us know that he plans to co-sponsor SB 743, which protects MediCal coverage of family planning services, and to meet with Planned Parenthood to talk about how he can help them.

 

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