Actions 9/11 and 9/12

Monday

Our Mass members of Congress have spoken out for the country’s 800,000 Dreamers (9,030 in Massachusetts). Now we need them to push for the DREAM Act (S.1615 / H.R.3440), which would give DACA recipients and others who arrived in the United States as children a path to permanent lawful status and eventual citizenship. Let’s call Senators Markey (202-224-2742) and Warren (202-224-4543) and our representatives and urge them to include a clean DREAM Act in any must-pass legislation. The script below is derived from the Indivisible Guide. You can find their full suggested dialogue here.

SCRIPT: Hello, My name is [NAME] and I’m calling from [ZIPCODE]. I’m extremely concerned about President Trump’s decision to terminate DACA protection for 800,000 Dreamers who came to the United States as children. I appreciate the [Senator's/Representative's] support for DACA, and I want to urge him/her to push to include the DREAM Act in any must-pass bill scheduled for a vote this month. Thank you.


Support access to abortion in Massachusetts. This Tuesday, September 12, the Massachusetts legislature’s Joint Committee on the Judiciary will hear five bills regarding access to abortion care. The anti-abortion crowd will be out in force to push three bills that would force providers and patients to jump through hoops for access to abortion care. NARAL will be there to speak for two bills—An Act to Ensure Teen Safety (H.3649) and An Act to Improve the Safety of Young Women (H.893)—to reduce the single biggest barrier to abortion access. They would minimize or completely remove the requirement that people under 18 receive the consent of their parents or complete a difficult judicial bypass process before accessing abortion care.

If you can attend the 1:00 pm hearing in the State House, let NARAL know here. If not, show your support by emailing the Judiciary Committee Chairs, Senator William Brownsberger and Representative Claire Cronin. Please feel free to add any personal stories to the following suggested text.

Honorable Chairmen and Members of the Joint Committee:

I’m writing to express my strong support for two bills your committee will hear on Tuesday— An Act to Ensure Teen Safety (H.3649) and An Act to Improve the Safety of Young Women (H.893). These bills would reduce the single biggest barrier to abortion access by either minimizing or completely removing the requirement that people under 18 receive the consent of their parents or complete a difficult judicial bypass process before accessing abortion. Not all teenagers can safely involve their parents in the decision to have an abortion, and some even risk violence or homelessness by telling parents they need abortions. By minimizing parental consent laws, these two bills will help keep young people in our Commonwealth safe.

Thank you for your consideration of this matter.

Tuesday

Oppose efforts to weaken the Americans with Disabilities Act. A bill before the U.S. House, H.R. 620, would shift the burden of protecting the right to access a public place to people with disabilities. The affected individual would have to be denied access; determine that a violation of the law has occurred; provide the business with specific notice of which provisions of the law were violated and when; and, finally, afford the business a lengthy period to correct the problem. This makes the ADA an anti-discrimination law that allows entities to go ahead and discriminate until a victim is discriminated against and educates the perpetrators about their obligations not to discriminate. The bill has moved out of committee and could be taken up by the full House soon. Let’s call our representatives about H.R. 620 now.

SCRIPT: Hi. This is [NAME]. I’m calling from [ZIP] to express my concern about possible changes to the Americans with Disabilities Act. H.R. 620 would restrict litigation rights, allow businesses to delay accessibility compliance, and make disabled people responsible for reporting non-compliance. I urge the representative to advocate for civil rights and vote no when H.R. 620 comes up for a vote in the House.