Your Action of the Day 6/2

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. Friendly reminder: Try not to choose more than one or two!

Advocate Against Violence (Anti-Violence)

Action 1: Oppose selling American weapons to countries that commit war crimes.
Call: Your Senators
Script: Hi. I’m from _ZIP_ calling about the humanitarian crisis in Yemen. I am deeply concerned that selling arms to Saudi Arabia will increase civilian deaths, worsen famine, and risk radicalizing Yemenis against America. I would like _NAME_ to sign the joint resolution proposed by Rand Paul, Chris Murphy, and Al Franken to disapprove the 110 billion dollar arms sale to Saudi Arabia. Note: The J.R. does not yet have a number assigned.

Advocate for Black Lives Matter

Action 2: Volunteer, donate or attend events with the NAACP
The NAACP Legal Defense Fund fights for racial justice through legal services and policy work. Go Here to donate, volunteer, attend events, and more.

Advocate for Climate Change Awareness/Action

I believe in creating a healthy planet for future generations.
Action 3: Oppose opening national monuments to energy development.
Visit: Click Here, click dark blue Comment Now! button, upper right. Script: I am writing in response to executive order 13792. (Share how you use or enjoy national monuments.) Americans are creative and can meet energy needs without destroying the purity of wild spaces. The assumption that our national monuments aren’t profitable is false. Annually, the outdoor recreation economy supports 7.6 million jobs and generates $887 billion in consumer spending each year. (Say why you want these spaces to be preserved.) Note: Cut-and-pasted messages will be disregarded, so make yours unique.

Action 4: Advocate for freezing new fossil fuel development, follow this link https://act.350.org/sign/freeze-fossil-fuel-development/ and sign the pledge.

Action 5: Advocate Against the Dakota Access Pipeline
Sign the pledge of resistance with 350.org Click Here

Action 6: Volunteer or get active with NextGen Climate
NextGen Climate is dedicated to saving the planet and everybody on it from climate change through education and activism. Learn how to volunteer. Click Here

Advocate for Education

Action 7: Support The National Coalition on School Diversity  – which is an organization comprised of state- and local-level coalitions, academic researchers, and national civil rights organizations with a focus on policy work that “[promotes] school diversity and [reduces] racial and economic isolation in elementary and secondary schools.” Support their efforts with a donation here.

Action 8: Support Student Access to books and school materials.
First Book is a nonprofit organization whose sole mission is getting books and classroom resources to children from low-income schools. First Book has already “distributed more than 160 million books and educational resources to programs and schools serving children from low-income families.” Provide a monetary donation here, help them fundraise here, and sign up for updates by clicking here

Action 9: Support arts education
When schools are subjected to budget cuts, arts programs are often the first things to go. And with a Secretary of Education who
doesn’t support public schools and a President who reportedly desires to eliminate the National Endowment for the Arts, we need to vigilantly protect these programs even more than we already do. Based in Los Angeles, The Mr. Holland’s Opus Foundation is one of the national organizations you can help. By providing musical instruments to underfunded K-12 schools (that frequently serve economically-disadvantaged kids), music programs are able to survive. Go here to donate a new or gently-used instrument and learn how to volunteer, and go here to give a monetary donation.

Action 10: 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.
  3. And, that we increase funding to high-poverty schools and after-school programs. Thanks!
  • Advocate for Election Integrity/Swing Left/Bipartisanship

Action 11: Insist that 45 keep his word.
Call: White House comment line 202-456-1111 (or send an email).
Script: I’m from _TOWN, STATE_ and want the president to honor his promise to pay back money he makes from foreign governments in his businesses. People don’t like a president who breaks his promises.

Action 12: Advocate for a bipartisan commission in addition to a special counsel.
Call: All three MoCs (lookup or leave message).
Script: Hi. I’m from _ZIP_. My informed opinion is that we need an independent, bipartisan commission to protect our democracy and prevent future election interference. Does _NAME_ plan to support S.27/H.R.356?

Action 13: Insist on integrity and transparency from Republican reps.
Call: Your one representative (only if Republican) (lookup).
Script: Hi. I’m from _ZIP_ calling to ask why _NAME_ does not support the release of the president’s tax returns. (pause) Can you please tell me what it will take for _NAME_ to stand up for transparency and integrity? (pause) I would like _NAME_ to make a public statement supporting the release of Trump’s taxes. Thanks!

Action 14: Support Voting Rights Advancement
FairVote and VRA for Today are two different organizations working to improve our democracy via improved voting rights. Help support these organizations by checking out their resources and advocacy pages.

Action 15: Support Democratic representation in traditionally Republican regions.

Help South Carolina elect Archie Parnell (donate/volunteer). Election: June 20.
Help Georgia elect Jon Ossoff (donate/volunteer). Election: June 20.

Note: A lesson from Montana’s special election is how much money GOP PACs have to stack the deck (outspent by $4M). Giving early makes a difference.

Action 16: Swing Left (This Action takes more than a few minutes, but very helpful!)
Action: 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. By June 2nd.
Action 17: 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.
  7. 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 18: 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 19: 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 Immigrant Rights

Support: Border Angels –
Border Angels is based in San Diego — incredibly close to where “the wall” would be erected. The organization helps save the lives of migrants making dangerous journeys to the states, educates undocumented folks about their rights and legal options, and provides free legal services to immigrants. Go here to donate.

Support: RAICES (Refugee and Immigrant Center for Education and Legal Services)
RAICES is based in Texas, and helps immigrant and refugee families receive free to low-cost legal services. You can donate or sponsor a family in need. Click Here

Action 20: 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 21: 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.
I believe in the Constitutional right to a free press.

Action 22: Support journalists. Ben Jacobs, the journalist attacked last week,
he requested that the fundraiser to buy him new glasses go to The Committee to Protect Journalists.
Donate: To the GoFundMe campaign or directly to CPJ here Click Here .

Advocate for the LGBTQ Community

Action 23: Oppose taxpayer-funded discrimination of LGBTQ+ youth.
Call: All 3 MoCs (lookup or leave message).
Script: I am from _ZIP_ and am concerned that Betsy DeVos’ would have my tax dollar fund schools that discriminate against gay kids, which could increase the risk of youth suicide. We need all schools to welcome all kids. I am asking _NAME_ to support the use of public money only for public education—not the voucher system and not religious education.

Action 24: Sign up to volunteer at SF Pride for Indivisible
To volunteer, please visit the sign-up sheet. Click here

Action 25: Volunteer with The Trevor Project
The Trevor Project is a free national hotline for suicidal queer and questioning youth. Volunteer for the hotline or donate Here

Advocate for Reproductive Rights

Action 26: Help the Center for Reproductive Rights
A law advocacy non-profit that tirelessly works to defend our rights to abortion access, birth control, and affordable reproductive healthcare. Support their efforts with a donation. Click Here

Action 27: Sign-Up to be a Clinic Escort
And here, Planned Parenthood tells you how to become involved as a clinic escort — letting you take immediate action to protect women exercising their bodily autonomy. Click Here

Support Local Events

Action 28: Check out our event calendar
Click Here To find out what events you can attend. What would be great is if individuals can attend events and take notes which can be shared with those who couldn’t attend.

Good news

  • Federal court affirmed the suspension of President Trump’s Muslim ban, saying it “drips with religious intolerance, animus, and discrimination.”
  • State Department lifts its limits on refugee quotas.
  • 45’s travel ban is found unconstitutional (again).
  • After initial pushback, Mulvaney will provide transparency on lobbyists’ ethics waivers.
  • The DNC launched a commission to protect democracy and expand voting in the US.
  • Thanks to bipartisan support, funding preserved to solve the opioid epidemic.
  • Republicans discuss contempt of court for Flynn.
  • Clients of financial advisers now have better protections from conflicts of interest.
  • FOX moves to third place in cable news as viewers leave for MSNBC.
  • FOX’s Sean Hannity is losing advertisers.
  • com is seeing a big dip in website traffic.
  • The Library of Congress just made 25M records available for free.
  • Americans have already registered 115,000 comments about National Monuments.
  • The Supreme Court struck down NC’s unconstitutionally discriminatory congressional (voting) map. Texas and Wisconsin are up next.
  • Exxon must produce documents showing how much it’s known about global warming.
  • Responding to attack on a journalist, three major Montana newspapers (Billings Gazette, Missoulian, and Independent Record) pulled their endorsements of GOP candidate.
  • A US bipartisan coalition condemns persecution of gay Chechens and calls on Russia to intervene.
  • Texans are supporting immigrant rights and opposing anti-immigrant legislation.
  • Both NH and NY claimed seats from Republicans last week.
  • Nebraska Supreme Court grants gay couples the right to foster kids.
  • CT and NV governors signed bills banning conversion therapy for LGBTQ+ youth.
  • Americans raised over $55,000 in one day to support four kids whose parents are being held by ICE.
  • Denver is reducing deportations by making a brilliant change to local laws.
  • Responding to complaints about a ladies-only showing of Wonder Woman, an Austin movie theater booked even more shows and donated proceeds to Planned Parenthood.
  • Even more good news here Peace Is Loud.
  • One of our own, Lyla B. (@lburnor), heard back from the awesome German reporter, Kristina Dunz, who asked 45 honest questions.

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